When the New York Giants take the field against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, they’ll be without cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

This is the right play for New York.

First of all, the Eagles are a 5-9 team and have been on a hard slide. The Giants should win this game, even without Jenkins.

But really, this comes down to caution. While New York hasn’t clinched a playoff spot yet, it’s place in the postseason is all but secured. The Giants should be spending the next two weeks making┬ásure they’re healthy for the playoffs. That means that it’s best to sit Jenkins — especially in a short rest situation.

The last thing anyone with the Giants would want would be for Jenkins to play, hurt his back even worse, and be hobbled (or completely out) during the playoffs.