Safety Tyler Sash, who suffered a concussion according to the Giants on Sunday, will undergo the protocol of tests that each NFL players who may have suffered a head injury has to go through on Tuesday.
"I think Tyler is going to have to go through all of the protocol, but he felt pretty good even on the plane last night," head coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday. "So I’m hoping that he will go ahead and pass all of his testing. A lot of that will take place tomorrow."
The only other Giants injury of significance was Hakeem Nicks' shoulder. Nicks left the 20-17 overtime win over the Niners briefly with a shoulder injury before returning and finishing the game.
"Came right back and played," Coughlin said. "He’s sore, but I think he’s going to be fine."
HAPPY RED-EYE: Coughlin was asked to compare the flight home after this NFC Championship Game win over the Niners to the one he experienced with the 1990 squad that left SF with a 15-13 win. Coughlin, who was the wide receivers coach under Bill Parcells then, said all he remembers from that flight was that instead of heading home, the Giants flew to Tampa since the Super Bowl was the following Sunday.
"I don’t have a great recall after the 15-13 win because we went from there to Tampa," Coughlin said. "We had packed for two weeks because of the one-week preparation of the Super Bowl. I am sure it was an exciting time but I remember more of walking into the hotel in Tampa after four o’clock in the morning and having to be in the offensive staff room at eight to start the game plan."
CLUTCH HOLD: One of the best moves the Giants made was signing punter Steve Weatherford. Not only has his punting drastically improved the Giants special teams but his ability to handle a low snap on the game-winning field goal against San Francisco was huge.
"Steve did a great job and he was so excited to tell Lawrence to keep his head down and make this field goal and we are going to the Super Bowl," Coughlin said. "He was all about that when he went about his business and he did make a very good catch and placement on that field goal and he did a very nice job the whole game with the ability to catch the wet ball in punting situations. We did punt 12 times and then when he was the holder, he did a very nice job with that as well."
SUPER SCHEDULE: The Giants got in early Monday morning and players who did not have to report to the trainer's room for treatment were given the day off.
The team will meet on Tuesday and then have Wednesday off before practicing Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are off Sunday and will fly to Indianapolis for Super Bowl week on Monday.
"We’ll follow a routine that we developed a few years ago," Coughlin said. "We’ll end up practicing this week, trying to prepare as best we can while we’re here."