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Phillips questionable for Giants vs. Philadelphia

Phillips questionable for Giants vs. Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After juggling running backs, wide receivers, and safeties during the season, Giant coach Tom Coughlin must now find a solution at right cornerback, where both starter Prince Amukamara and rookie fill-in Jayron Hosley are listed as doubtful with respective sprained right knee and strained quadriceps injuries.

And the Giants will be facing the ultra-mobile Michael Vick, who takes over for rookie Nick Foles now that his season ended last week with a broken hand in a 27-20 loss to Washington.

If Amukamara and Hosley remain sidelined, the Giants will be down to just three healthy cornerbacks in Corey Webster, Justin Tryon, and rookie Terrence Frederick. The latter was signed this week from the practice squad when the Giants placed TE Travis Beckum on injured reserve.

Neither Tryon nor Frederick have any experience against Vick, a running quarterback who has hurt the Giants in the past with his legs.

``We have three guys, and we'll see what Prince is like,'' Coughlin said. ``We'll go from there.''

Not having Hosley as an option cuts deeply into the Giants' depth at right cornerback. His injury came as a surprise, as he pulled up late in Thursday's practice and was unable to do anything Friday except work out on the stationary bike. Amukamara, meanwhile, took some snaps with the starting unit in individual drills, but remained limited.

None of this is good news for a unit that incurred some major criticism from defensive coordinator Perry Fewell this week. Webster, especially, could use this game to atone for a disaster in Baltimore last week. The Ravens targeted the eighth-year veteran instead of going after the rookie Hosley and turned his game into a nightmare. Torrey Smith made five catches against him.

Webster was targeted 12 times, and he gave up nine catches, including a touchdown to Smith. In all, Webster gave up 176 yards of passing to Joe Flacco.

Vick spent the last six games sidelined by concussions, and is now facing questions about whether he might be going out the door with coach Andy Reid after Sunday's game. But for a Giants pass defense that has allowed an average of 257.4 air yards this year, and 574 yards and five touchdowns the past two games, Vick presents a major challenge for the potentially undermanned unit.

Hosley's injury puts that much more pressure on Amukamara to try to play, despite some lingering pain in the hamstring.

``It's the same as last week,'' Amukamara said. ``It's a Catch-22. You don't want to be rehabbing the rest of the season if we make the playoffs. You just have to be smart enough. But I did everything they asked of me in practice.

``I'm always going to feel pain in my hamstring. It's a question of whether it's severe enough to keep me out of the game.''

Amukamara missed two days of practice this week, but said he went into the week with the mindset that he would play. But he admitted his status would seem to indicate otherwise.

``I don't know how the scenario is going to work out this week,'' Amukamara said. ``We'll see how it works out.''

NOTES: A contingent of teachers, parents, and students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will be honored before Sunday's game. Coughlin said he made a point of telling the team about it Friday. ``What it really means is that we were so taken back in shock and felt so badly for, not only the families of the children, but the principal and school psychologist -- the real heroes who knew what was coming and still charged the attack. And it's Giants country, we know that. To have that group come down, it means a great deal to us to honor them. The best we can do is take each individual and play to the best of his ability.'' WR Victor Cruz said he spoke last week to the Pinto family, whom he visited shortly after they buried their six-year-old son, Jack, in the receiver's jersey. ``They're coming to the game,'' Cruz said. ``It's good for them to come, just to get their minds off things a little.''.Cruz expressed surprise that the league fined Ravens safety Ed Reed $55,000 for his above-the-shoulder hit on the defenseless receiver last week. Reed last month was fined $50,000 for a hit on Steelers WR Emanuel Sanders. ``I think that's pretty steep,'' Cruz said. ``It wasn't my decision, but I think that's a pretty heavy fine.''

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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