EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- The New York Giants' pass rush will be thinner than normal on Sunday night.
Linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) and defensive ends George Selvie (calf) and Robert Ayers (hamstring) were ruled out on Friday against the San Francisco 49ers. Wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) is also out as expected.
Kennard is third on the team in total tackles with 25.
“He has had a very good start to the season,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “We lose his energy, his enthusiasm, his love for the game, his physical play. That’s unfortunate that he is out this week but hopefully he will be back soon.”
“More people will participate in the roles that he fulfilled,” Coughlin added.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas (calf), cornerback Jayron Hosley (concussion) and cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) are listed as questionable. Casillas did not practice on Friday. Hosley and McBride went through limited practices.
Coughlin said defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins will be an option at defensive end with Selvie and Ayers both out.
“Yeah, he’d have to be the guy that helps balance that out,” Coughlin said of Jenkins.
Fells still hospitalized: Tight end Daniel Fells is still being treated for MRSA. Head coach Tom Coughlin had hoped earlier in the week that Fells would be released from the hospital.
Fells was ruled out for the season with MRSA, a serious staph infection involving powerful bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment.
"He's still in and from what I understand today he's still running a temperature," Coughlin said. "We are all praying for him, believe me."