The Giants are gearing up to play two games in five days out west.
Following their 40-0 loss to the Cowboys in the season opener, the team will fly to Arizona for Sunday's game against the Cardinals before a Thursday night matchup with the 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The truncated timetable adds another layer to left tackle Andrew Thomas' injury status, which was the major – but not only – topic of Brian Daboll's Wednesday conference.
Here's what you need to know as the head coach set the table for Week 2:
🔹 Thomas, who fought through a hamstring injury against Dallas, missed the first practice of Week 2. Daboll said Thomas is "making progress" and considered "day to day."
🔹 Darren Waller was a late addition to last week's injury report with a hamstring issue but managed to make his Giants debut. The tight end had a veteran rest day on Wednesday, which will "probably be once a week. … That's something we've planned all along, really since we got him."
🔹 Thomas was the only starting offensive lineman who did not play every snap last week. His substitutes were Matt Peart and Joshua Ezeudu, who are candidates if Thomas cannot go Sunday. "We'll practice some guys out here, and we'll be ready to go once Sunday rolls around."
🔹 Ezeudu has taken practices reps at left tackle "for a while. … He's certainly an option at that spot, too."
🔹 Daboll said they "consider a lot of stuff," but playing right tackle Evan Neal on the left side is "probably not one of them."
🔹 Graham Gano, who got "rolled up on" while chasing Noah Igbinoghene on the blocked field goal, will be "fine" despite being listed as limited at practice with an ankle injury.
🔹 There are "certainly discussions" about how to deal with injuries heading into a stretch of two games in five days. That's up to the trainers and sport science staff. "I'll let those guys handle that right now, so ours is straight on Arizona, that's all."
🔹 On how to respond to a shutout in Week 1: "You teach it, you learn from it, and move on."
🔹 On balancing the game plan with helping the offensive line: "I think that's a really good question. That's something when you're game planning, the more guys you have in, the less guys you have out, the more coverage they play. So, I think it's a balance between whether you're helping on a chip, getting five guys out, using a run action, getting the run game going a little bit, I think everything plays into that."
🔹 This week is the same "whether you win or lose. Again, obviously it was a bad loss, we understand that. You teach it, you show the stuff, you see where we could have fixed some things and then you fix them and once you come in on Wednesday, it's a full head of steam on the team you are playing."
🔹 Cardinals defensive coordinator Nick Rallis spent the past two seasons as the linebackers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. "There's some similarities. Different players, but I think they got after it pretty good. They had a defensive touchdown, another interception, another fumble recovery. They turned the ball over, they're fast. (Cardinals safety) Budda (Baker), you've got to know where he's at. He's a really good player. I thought they played a really good game, that first game against Washington. There's some similarities. I'm sure they're going to add their own touches to it as he runs his own team, but fast defense."
🔹 Wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson "looked good" at practice last week but was inactive for Week 1 as he comes back from a season-ending knee injury.
🔹 There's a "chance" Robinson plays on Sunday, but "it's something that we're going to have to see how he does throughout the week and see where we're at."
🔹 On how the offensive line processed the Cowboys game: "You try to be as consistent as you can. So, you're not going to ride a roller coaster. Results? Terrible. But you're not going to ride a roller coaster. Not how we do things. We're going to be consistent with how we teach, how we practice, how we prepare and try to do a better job."
🔹 The Giants will pick the brain of former Cardinals defender Isaiah Simmons, but the Giants need to take care of their "business and make sure that we're prepared with what we see. If there's certain things we want to ask him, absolutely. Whether it's a player or a scheme, you try to uncover every stone you can."
🔹 Amani Oruwariye, a defensive back on the practice squad, suffered a neck injury during practice today. He had movement in all his extremities and was taken to Hackensack Medical Center for further evaluation. The results of the evaluation and testing were negative, and Oruwariye was cleared to return to the team's facility.
View photos of the Giants on the practice field ahead of the Week 2 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.