GIANTS' TE JAKE BALLARD QUESTIONABLE WITH KNEE INJURY, BAAS SICK
"New York running backAhmad Bradshawreturned
to practice Friday, but the Giants unexpectedly were short two other
players on offense during their final practice before departing forSunday's NFC Championship Gameagainst theSan Francisco 49ers.
Giants tight endJake Ballardand centerDavid Baasdid not participate during the portion of Friday's practice that members of the media could observe. Ballard eventually was listed as questionableafter it was revealed a medical procedure had been performed on his knee.
Tom Coughlin told reporters following practice about the procedure.
Ballard's sore knee sidelined him for the final two games of the regular
season.Ballard did not undergo surgery, Coughlin said via NFL Network's Albert Breer, but he did experience some swelling.
Baas was listed as probable and apparentlycaught the same stomach bugthat caused quarterbackEli Manningtomiss part of Wednesday's practice.
Baas has not appeared on the Giants' injury report since healing from a
neck injury that bothered him late in the season. Baas' most recent
injury listing came before the Giants' Week 16 win over theNew York Jets,according to The Star-Ledger.
has consistently missed Wednesday and Thursday practices since
returning from a mid-season foot injury, but tends to get back on the
field by Friday."