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Aaron Ross has plantar fasciitis

Bad news for New York Giants fans. Former University of Texas star Aaron Ross has plantar fasciitis, which is never a good thing for cornerbacks. Eli Manning played through a bad case of plantar fasciitis last season, but it's a lot different for quarterbacks who don't have to make a ton of cuts at top speed.

I haven't heard a timetable for Ross, but I remember Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman having to miss a few weeks with a similar issue two years ago. Ross has had an excellent camp and he was expected to handle punt returns this season. The Giants were victimized in '09 by teams that used a lot of three-wide receiver sets (see Saints and Eagles). Against teams like that, Ross will be on the field about 65 percent of the time.

The Giants have a lot better depth in the secondary this season, but losing Ross for an extended period of time would hurt. In other news, keep your eye on this Ramses Barden situation. It sounds like Tom Coughlin's challenging him to return to the field and play through some back pain. I'm anxious to see how that situation plays out.