Coughlin unsure if he’ll rest starters

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed during a conference call with the media on Monday that CB Aaron Ross was hospitalized overnight due to a concussion and was to be released Monday afternoon.

“He still has some blurriness, so he got dinged pretty good,” said Coughlin. “They are going to do all the psychological tests that the player has to pass before he can be cleared to practice, so we will have to see.”

As for other Giants injuries, Coughlin said he expected RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), DT Fred Robbins (shoulder) and WR Domenik Hixon (foot) to be sore, but that he didn’t believe any of the players had suffered setbacks to their injuries that would keep them from playing against the Vikings.

When he was asked whether he would rest starters like Jacobs in the finale, Coughlin said he would consult with team medical personnel and spend the next couple days formulating a plan.

With a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs secure, the final week of the regular season has no bearing on a Giants team that will have a week off before hosting a game in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Even so, Coughlin refuted a question suggesting the Giants have little to gain in the final regular season game, leaving little room for interpretation on his stance regarding his ideal approach in Week 17.

“I disagree with the idea that you have nothing to gain,” Coughlin said. “There is a lot to be gained. If you believe, as we do, that you have to be playing your best football at this time of the year, you certainly do have some things to build on, and particularly when you are not going to play for a couple of weeks.”

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