New York Giants reserve cornerback Michael Coe suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. He will undergo surgery to repair the injury, Tom Coughlin said on Monday.
“We’re going to lose him,” the coach said.
Coe’s injury leaves the depleted Giants defense even more thin in the secondary. The Giants have already lost cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Brian Witherspoon and Justin Tryon to season-ending injuries.
Also, starting cornerback Aaron Ross has been affected by a hamstring injury.
Rookie corner Prince Amukamara is expected to assume more responsibility with Coe out. The 2011 first-round pick made his NFL debut on Sunday, recording an interception.
Coughlin said Amukamara, who had been out since August with a broken foot, did an “admirable job” against the Eagles.
In addition to Coe, left tackle William Beatty aggravated a back injury against Philadelphia. The severity of the injury is unclear at this point.
“They’re continuing to try to see what this back issue is and to see if we can do anything about it,” Coughlin said.
Special teams contributor Derrick Martin left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Coughlin said Martin is “day-to-day, but we’ll see.”
The coach also said tight end Jake Ballard should be able to play with the sprained elbow he suffered on Sunday night.
Ballard said X-rays taken during the game revealed no significant damage. He expects to be able to play in Monday's game in New Orleans.
“I think it’ll end up being an elbow that he can play with,” Coughlin said of Ballard, who had three drops against the Eagles.
Coughlin also said running back D.J. Ware, who left Sunday's game due to a concussion, appeared to be better.
"He appeared to be better, but he’s going to have to pass all of the tests," said Coughlin who added that he had no problem with the hit on Ware, courtesy of Cullen Jenkins.
Coughlin was unsure if injured running back Ahmad Bradshaw or linebacker Michael Boley would return this week.
Boley sat out Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. He said on Monday that he hasn’t tried to run with the injury and did not want to speculate about a potential return for the game in New Orleans.
Bradshaw, who has missed three games due to a fractured bone in his foot, has not been cleared to practice by team doctors.
“We’ve waited for Ahmad and rightfully so,” Coughlin said. “I don’t know that they’re just going to give us the green light.”
If and when he returns to the field, Bradshaw will play through pain, according to Coughlin. The fifth-year back is no stranger to playing through foot pain. In 2009, he suited up and played in eight of the final nine games with broken bones in both feet.
The Giants added defensive tackle and Yonkers native Jimmy Kennedy to the 53-man roster late Monday afternoon.
Kennedy was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL for violating policy on performance enhancing substances.
He has four tackles in five games as a backup. To make room for Kennedy, tackle Dwayne Hendricks has been released.