The three important New York Giants players Tom Coughlin was hoping "against all odds" would be able to recover fast enough to play against the Carolina Panthers Thursday night have officially been ruled out of the game .
Lost in all of the victory formation controversy was the fact that the Giants lost three critical parts of their offense during the team's 41-34 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday and they won't be on the field for the Week 3 game.
Coughlin said the short week didn't allow RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Domenik Hixon, and OT David Diehl enough time to recover, though even a regular week probably wouldn't have been enough either, according to The Star-Ledger.
The head coach didn't provide a lot of details on the extent of the injuries but said the trio would not be suiting up.
Coughlin did confirm that Diehl injured an MCL injury in his right knee and Bradshaw suffered a neck injury but would not elaborate on either. He did acknowledge that Hixon had suffered a head injury and had to go through the NFL's concussion protocol — which is difficult to do in three days.
The Giants will likely go with the same replacements they made Sunday when each player was taken off the field. Andre Brown — who filled in admirably with 71 yards — will be the featured running back in place of Bradshaw. Sean Locklear will switch to right tackle and Will Beatty will start at left. Ramses Barden will become the No. 3 wide receiver.