New York Giants starting cornerback Corey Webster did not make the trip to Charlotte, and he has thus been downgraded from doubtful to out for tomorrow’s game, per a tweet from The Star-Ledger’s Conor Orr. Webster was fully expected to miss tomorrow’s game against the Carolina Panthers, who have plenty of injuries in the secondary to deal with on their own, but this confirmation of his absence is a big blow to a Giants secondary that has major question marks going forward.
Webster’s absence in the secondary certainly bodes well for Panthers star receiver Steve Smith, and Cam Newton would seriously disappoint many of us if he struggles in tomorrow’s game. This should end up being a high-scoring affair between these two teams, but it would be a shock to see the Giants lose. Not only is Eli Manning a better quarterback, but he has significantly better weapons around him. Beyond that, the Giants secondary is still better than the Panthers version, as nobody’s secondary has been as decimated by injuries as the Panthers this season.
Aaron Ross is fully expected to start in Webster’s stead, so it will be Prince Amukamara and Ross lining up as the Giants starters on the outside. Again, this bodes very well for Newton and Smith, as Webster is still the New York Giants best cornerback even at the declining age of 31. His hip should be near 100% for next week’s tilt against Dwayne Bowe and the Kansas City Chiefs.