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Zorn Concerned about Fletcher, Carter

Jim Zorn said he is concerned about middle linebacker London Fletcher's ability to face the Giants Sunday, with starting end Andre Carter still a question as well. Fletcher and Carter are both dealing with foot strains. Starting left tackle Chris Samuels was very limited in practice, but he is scheduled to play again with a lingering knee injury.

Running back Clinton Portis continues to rest with knee, hip and rib injuries, but is expected to start as usual. Portis has not been practicing regularly for weeks, but is thriving despite the pain on game days and he leads the NFL in rushing.

Zorn said that Fletcher is still wearing a protective boot and he was unable to take part in any drills today. Zorn said "we'll see" if Fletcher can do anything in terms of practice on Friday, but he did not seem overly optimistic. H.B. Blades has been taking all the snaps with the first-team defense in practice and the focus is on getting him ready.

"We're getting H.B. ready, completely," Zorn said.

Carter is no longer wearing a boot on his injured foot, but is still experiencing discomfort in his arch and is moving "very, very gingerly," according to Zorn. Defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) and Kedric Golston (bone spurs in the ankle) did limited work with trainers as well, while defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery has recovered from his Achilles' injury and is practicing fully.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2008; 12:34 PM ET
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I couldn't help but notice our run defense slipping since Fletchers injury. The Giants have the best running game in the NFL so this is going to have to be the week were H.B steps up to fill the role he was drafted for

Posted by: Aaronh81 | November 27, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Just want to take a moment to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for hanging out with us up's an honor.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 27, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 27, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Happy to do it, Michael B. Clegg! Had to switch away from Titans-Lions in spite of my worship of JFisher....Am watching the Arrested Development marathon on G4.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 27, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving Cindy and the rest of RI Nation.

R.I.P S. Taylor.

Posted by: AppleScience | November 27, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The chances of beating the Giants are pretty slim, so this is a great time to rest Fletcher and Carter and Play Taylor on his proper side and see if Blade can be the MLB of the future...after the gaint game we must win the next 4 games and we need them healthy..

Posted by: Dkessler1 | November 27, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

It's gut wrenching to hear the defensive front all complaining about injuries. We have small LBs and Brandon Jacobs is the only one that seems to be able to run over a healthy Fletcher. We need the D line to tape up their wrist, hands, and fingers and grapple. To not get manhandled in opening large holes to run through. And even if they give ground to get into the tackles. Even one big paw grabbing at Jacobs to slow his momentum for Fletcher or Blades might make the differance.

It really is a different mindset. Pushing the line back or pass rushing is all legs. But a scrapy David can beat Goliath with his hands.

Posted by: chavez66 | November 27, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

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