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Giants Insider: Flowers ankle injury still lingering

Ereck Flowers ankle injury could linger for a while, which is not good news for the Giants.Bill Kostroun/AP

Ereck Flowers ankle injury could linger for a while, which is not good news for the Giants.

Ereck Flowers’ ankle injury isn’t going away.

The Giants’ rookie offensive tackle left Monday night’s win over the Dolphins because of a sprained left ankle that’s been a problem all year, and Tom Coughlin said Tuesday that Flowers will likely battle the injury for the remainder of the season.

“I hope it’s nothing more than just the re-aggravation of that (ankle) injury,” Coughlin said. “You’d love to have that heal and be over with, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”

Because of the late night Monday, the Giants didn’t bring players into their facility Tuesday until 2 p.m. As a result, Coughlin didn’t have a full update on Flowers’ status.

Nonetheless, Flowers received praise from Coughlin for playing well through substantial pain.

“Ereck works hard, he is very optimistic and positive about his own ability to control his pain and his own situation,” Coughlin said. “By the end of the week, he was feeling good about himself and thought he could go and play. And I think until the point where his ankle was really bothering him, he was very effective.”

BROWN TRENDING DOWN
After connecting on his first 23 field goal attempts to start the season, Giants kicker Josh Brown has endured a difficult two weeks.

It started last Sunday against the Jets, when Brown missed a game-tying field goal in overtime. Then he missed again in a crucial spot against the Dolphins on Monday, pushing a 48-yard field goal right with the score locked at 24 late in the third quarter.

Coughlin needs Brown, who hit a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter in Miami, to return to form.

“There’s concern, no doubt. He did make a field goal, as well. But we definitely need Josh to get back into the 19-in-a-row kind of thing,” Coughlin said. “Rather than 1-for-2, the expectation is very high with Josh, and we would expect it to be 2-for-2.”

SUH WREAKS HAVOC
To the untrained eye, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh appeared to have on off game Monday, recording just four tackles in the loss. 

But Coughlin said Tuesday Suh was incredibly dominant on the inside against the Giants’ line, even if the stats don’t show it. 

“If you studied the film, he was definitely a force, and he was a penetrator. And some of the circumstances that didn’t go in the book as a sack, he was in the backfield forcing us to hurry the throw or do something on terms that we were being dictated to rather than being on our timing and our terms,” Coughlin said. “We were fortunate to stay away from any of those numbers.” 

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