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Three defensive backs were injured in the Giants' 36-7 victory last night over the Carolina Panthers, but early indications are all of them will be able to play when the team next takes the field at Philadelphia on Sept. 30.

Corey Webster broke a hand, Jayron Hosley hurt his hamstring and safety Antrel Rolle suffered lacerations and contusions on his knee when he collided with a photographer near the sideline late in the game.

Webster returned to action and played most of the game with a hard cast on his hand.

"He can play with it," coach Tom Coughlin said today.

Coughlin indicated the injury will not significantly hamper Webster.

"He has great hands, he really does," Coughlin said. "He can probably catch as well as some guys with two with one. He's very talented in that way. I think naturally it will be cumbersome to him a little bit. You saw how he was really forced to tackle last night, I don't know if he'll be able to wrap it. He still gets them down and his presence out there is very important to us. I'm thinking he will be okay."

Hosley said he injured his hamstring running down on a kickoff.

"It's feeling good, a little sore," Hosley said. "I'll be good. I had an ultrasound showing nothing, so that's a good thing."

Hosley said he is "confident" he will face the Eagles.

So is Rolle, "(I feel) a lot better than I did yesterday," Rolle said. "Yeah, a lot better. Right now it's just a bruise on top of my knee and a couple of lacerations, but it will be fine."

*Tight end Martellus Bennett leads the Giants with three touchdown receptions, one in each game. Before this season, he hadn't scored a touchdown since his rookie season in Dallas, when he scored four – his career total entering 2012.

"The difference is I hadn't really been targeted in the (green) zone that much," Bennett said. "Here, there's some things they do in the (green) zone and I'm one of the first reads. That's the difference and I have more opportunities to make plays and I've been fortunate enough to make those plays."

*Linebacker Michael Boley has kept pace with Bennett by intercepting a pass in each game. His previous career high was two picks, with Atlanta in both 2006 and 2007.

"I hope we both just keep the pace throughout the course of the year," Boley said.

*Defensive tackle Marvin Austin played for the first time in an NFL regular-season game – his first such action since he was at the University of North Carolina in 2009.

"I didn't feel rusty," Austin said. "I don't feel as good as I will be. I don't feel as good as where my work ethic will take me, but it was my first real football game against an unorthodox offense. The offense that they run is not like any other in the league. Not many teams run that offense, so I think I handled it very well.

"It was everything I expected and more, just getting out there and running around, having the uniform on, being on the road. We are a road team, so going on the road and being able to perform and obviously the performance that the offense was putting out, it was definitely something special, so it was just like it was going to be a good night, so why not go out there and enjoy it."

*A day after the Giants beat Carolina, Eli Manning was awarded the FedEx NFL AIR Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday in the Giants' 41-34 victory over Tampa Bay. Manning completed 31 of 51 passes for 510 yards – the second-highest total in Giants history, and threw three touchdown passes to lead the Giants back from a two-touchdown second-half deficit.Brown and he are off to a delayed but very good start.


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