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Monday, October 08, 2012

Giants' Markus Kuhn starting in place of Rocky Bernard




Rookie Markus Kuhn will make his first career start in place of an injured Rocky Bernard today against the Browns.

By Jorge Castillo

October 7, 2012

The Giants declared five players out by Friday and two more were ruled doubtful so there wasn't much suspense over who would be the seven inactives today against the Browns. The Giants officially announced the inactives for their matchup against the Browns today and the seven expected to be out today are the ones not suiting up.

The only two who had a chance -- slim, at that -- of playing were LB Keith Rivers and OT David Diehl. But they're inactive. It'll be the third straight game Diehl's missed since spraining his MCL against the Buccaneers in Week 2. Rivers also missed last week's game against the Eagles.

Like in recent weeks, Sean Locklear will start at right tackle and Will Beatty will get the start at left tackle with Diehl out.

Rocky Bernard is out with a quadriceps injury so 26-year-old rookie Markus Kuhn will make his first career start. Expect to see plenty of Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck in the interior as well.

Kenny Phillips sprained his MCL last week and Stevie Brown will start in his place. The Giants had the option to activate Tyler Sash, coming off a four-game suspension, for today's game, but decided not to. They would have had to waive another player to make room on the 53-man roster. The Giants have until tomorrow at 4 p.m. to activate Sash. If they don't, Sash will be waived.

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