The New York Giants were down several players at practice on Wednesday.
They were already without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, who are done for the season. On Wednesday, they were also without safety Landon Collins, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, running back Paul Perkins, center Weston Richburg, wide receiver Sterling Shepard and defensive end Oliver Vernon, via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
Wide receiver Dwyane Harris also joins Beckham and Marshall on injured reserve. Starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended after walking out of practice on Wednesday, bringing the total to nine missing starters.
The Giants were expected to take another step in 2017. They made the playoffs in 2016 for time since winning the Super Bowl in 2011.
This season started off with bad losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions. The Giants’ next three losses came by a combined 10 points to the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers.
It gets no easier for the Giants. Their next game will pit their depleted offense against the team with arguably the best defense in the NFL the last three seasons, the Denver Broncos.
Pass blocking was already an issue for the Giants, and now quarterback Eli Manning may be without his top-three wide receivers.
With 11 games remaining, 2017 is looking like it has already worked the Giants last nerves.
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