The Giants will be without all of the running backs who have carried the ball so far this season when they take on the Vikings tonight.
Running back Brandon Jacobs, who arrived this season and surprisingly became the team’s top running back, is inactive for tonight’s game. Jacobs, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, had been expected to sit out tonight, and 90 minutes before kickoff the Giants confirmed that he will not play.
Also inactive is running back David Wilson, the Giants’ second-leading rusher. Wilson had already been ruled out with a neck injury. The Giants’ third-leading rusher, Da’Rel Scott, is on injured reserve. Jacobs, Wilson and Scott are the only three running backs who have carried the ball for the Giants this season, so they’re down to rookie Michael Cox and newly arrived veteran Peyton Hillis at running back tonight.
The Giants’ other inactives are CB Jayron Hosley, QB Ryan Nassib, S Cooper Taylor, TE Adrien Robinson and DT Johnathan Hankins.
For the Vikings, Matt Cassel has officially been demoted to third-string quarterback and is inactive. Josh Freeman will start and Christian Ponder will back him up.
The Vikings’ other inactives are CB A.J. Jefferson, LB Gerald Hodges, G Jeff Baca, WR Rodney Smith, DT Chase Baker and DE Justin Trattou.