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DENVER – Linebacker Antonio Pierce traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday to meet with Dr. Robert Watkins, a specialist who took a look at the bulging disc in Pierce's neck. Watkins diagnosis was the same as the Giants medical experts, meaning the first step for Pierce is to rest and see if the disc shrinks on its own. Surgery is an option at a later date depending on how the disc responds.
The timetable for Pierce remains indefinite but is in the six-week range, making it very possible he will miss the remainder of the regular season. Pierce did not make the trip here and – unlike last week's game against the Falcons at Giants Stadium – was not on the sideline as the Giants faced the Broncos.
Chase Blackburn again started in place of Pierce in the loss to the Broncos.
For the second consecutive week CB Terrell Thomas came up with an interception. This one came in the third quarter off Kyle Orton and led to a field goal for the first Giants points. … Lawrence Tynes' 52-yard field goal near the end of the third quarter was his longest since coming to the Giants. It was one yard shy of matching his career long. …
This is how far CB Kevin Dockery has fallen: He was a healthy scratch, as he was inactive and rookie CB Bruce Johnson was in uniform. …
Who is DJ Ware? No, he's not a new running back for the Giants. He's Danny Ware, who has let it be known that he now wants to be called DJ. Apparently that's what his family calls him but when he went to college at Georgia the coaches started calling him Danny. Ware had a rough game, losing the ball on a fumble in the second quarter and getting knocked out of the game late in the third quarter with a concussion after a hit by CB Champ Bailey.
S Michael Johnson left late in the second quarter with a strained groin and was not able to return. He was replaced by C.C. Brown. … The first play for the Giants defense was a good one, a 10-yard sack by LN Danny Clark, his second of the season. … CB Corey Webster was forced out briefly in the second quarter with a bruised knee but was able to return.
Perhaps it was a sign of things to come that on the Giants on their second offensive play were forced to burn a time out.
"There was no confusion,'' Tom Coughlin said. "Our headset between coach to quarterback was going out, Eli did not get the play, the play clock was running down and he then took a time out.''