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New York Giants’ Running Back Woes Continue, Da’Rel Scott is Hurt

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants can’t catch a break. Their third string running back, Da’Rel Scott, has a knee injury. The Giants have already lost Andre Brown to a broken leg. Now there are few options left. With David Wilson leashed up in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, there is no clear place to turn.

The Giants recently signed Brandon Jacobs, but after two atrocious years few feel he can be trusted to carry the load. Scott was never to get many carries, but with no one left many believe he would be relied on some next week. Scott still might play; an MRI revealed no structure damage, but doctors have not cleared him. If he can’t go things could get interesting for the Giants.

The answer for Big Blue is probably not to pick a running back but instead to lean more on Eli Manning and the receivers. Jacobs is not a great runner, but he is an improvement in pass blocking from Wilson. Furthermore, the Giants just got their center David Baas back from injury. Manning now has better protection to match his extremely talented receiving corps.

Still, Giant fans are nervous. They cannot go far without the running game. To be fair, though, Scott was never the answer. Hopefully David Wilson proves himself in practice and does not fumble in the game, but that is not a certainty. At this point, Wilson may be called out from the doghouse regardless of what he does because the Giants have no other options.

Jay Cullen is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him on Google.