GIANTS' KENNY PHILLIPS RETURNS TO PRACTICE
"UPDATED WITH INJURY NEWS FROM PRACTICE
With all of the miscommunication issues since Kenny Phillips went down, it’s
a good sign for the Giants they’re
getting their starting safety back today.
Phillips, who missed Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with a sprained knee
suffered a week prior, returned to practice today. He was fully participating
and that's a good sign for him to play against Washington on Sunday.
Since Phillips went down against the Packers, the Giants gave up two
touchdowns on apparent miscommunications between Antrel Rolle and Corey Webster
– one against Green Bay and another against Dallas on a 50-yard touchdown to Dez
Bryant. It’s unclear if either would’ve occurred had Phillips been on the field
to communicate the adjustment to Webster, who didn’t sink deep enough on the
Packers’ Donald Driver and, according
to Rolle, should’ve been deep on Bryant.
Other injury news:
--DE Justin Tuck (toe) wasn't practicing. He was a late arrival to the
session and took to a stationary bike on the sideline, "but I’m hoping he’ll get
going (soon),” Tom Coughlin said.
--DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) wasn't seen during the portion of practice
open to the media and continues to seem like a long shot to play on Sunday.
--C David Baas’ mysterious neck ailment will remain just that for now.
Coughlin didn’t shed any light on Baas’ issue but said he hoped the fact the
headaches aren’t listed on the injury report anymore is a good sign. “I think
he’s making progress, I do,” Coughlin said. Asked if the Giants would keep Baas
on the sideline when he’s healthy so as not to disrupt what the offensive line
has done in his absence, Coughlin said, “What we want to do is let’s get them
all back so we can (practice). He hasn’t practiced in a couple of weeks. We need
to get him back on the practice field and back in the groove and then we’ll make
those kinds of calls.”
Today, Baas stretched with the team and then went outside where he ran some
sprints and did some light drills, an encouraging sign going forward for the
Giants and their major free agent signing.
--RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) wasn't practice today, but that is expected. If he
doesn't practice on Friday then that will be when we know something is really
wrong. He was throwing passes to the other running backs during a drill, so
--TE Travis Beckum (chest) wasn't practicing and on Monday Coughlin said
he'll most likely have to play through pain.
--LB Michael Boley (hamstring) wasn't practicing, but he's been getting the
same treatment Bradshaw has: practice on Friday, play on Sunday.
--CB Derrick Martin (back) also wasn't practicing.
--LB Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) missed Sunday night's game, but he was
back at practice today.
--LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) has missed the last couple games and wasn't