Giants hope key cogs Aaron Ross, DJ Ware can recover
Tom Coughlin was hopeful Monday of getting both running back DJ Ware and cornerback Aaron Ross back for the Giants' NFC Divisional Round game at Green Bay on Sunday.
That's a good thing, considering the contributions both players have made recently.
Ross, a starting cornerback opposite Corey Webster because of season-ending injuries to Terrell Thomas and Michael Coe, has been shaky at times in coverage. But he keeps green first-round draft choice Prince Amukamara in a subsidiary nickelback role instead of a high-pressure starting role for which he is clearly not ready.
Ware, with one catch for 13 yards against wild-card foe Atlanta, has shown an ability to catch the screen pass, which could come in handy in thwarting the Packers' B.J. Raji-led pass rush.
Both players underwent tests Monday after leaving the wild-card game, Ross looking the most serious as he wobbled off the field and headed to the locker room with a headache.
"Both felt good at the conclusion of the game," Coughlin said, adding that he's hopeful of getting both back for practice.
The Giants' medical staff was able to confirm Ware's concussion on the spot because of a new sideline review technology the league introduced on Friday. Vice President of medical services Ronnie Barnes told the AP "the video replay provided us with evidence that a concussive event had occurred," showing that defensive end John Abraham's knee had slammed into Ware's helmet.
Ross collided with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, and a television replay indicated he was experiencing a headache as he walked to a locker room examination.
"The system worked as it should have," Barnes said.