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Bus breaks down en route to final practice

2/4/2012

One of the four buses carrying the New York Giants to their final Super Bowl XLVI practice had engine problems and had to be replaced.

But despite the minor complication, the Giants kept trucking on as they made their final preparations for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

According to the pool report, the Giants went through a “crisp” 48-minute walk-through practice. Tom Coughlin’s team only had about a five-minute delay due to the second of the four buses transporting the Giants having to be replaced.

The NFL had a substitute bus ready to get players and coaches to the University of Indianapolis from the downtown Marriott hotel, which is just a few miles apart.

Every player participated in the walk-through, including running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who sat out Friday’s practice to rest his fractured foot after going through the team’s first two practices of the week.

“He looked fine, no soreness, nothing you could notice,” Tom Coughlin told pool reporter Jason Cole of Yahoo!. “This was all situational stuff, nothing unusual. It was a Saturday morning jog-thru, all situations.”

The Giants worked on special teams for 10 minutes before going into scout team work with backup quarterback David Carr simulating Tom Brady for the scout team offense.

The Giants then worked on goal-line passing drills before finishing with the victory formation.

The team will meet on Saturday night from approximately 7:30 to 9:15 pm, starting with a special teams meeting. There will be a team meeting to review situations. Coughlin said the players will watch a short highlight video set to music to “get them in the right frame of mind.”

Coughlin will speak following the video. The team will be sequestered in the downtown hotel with curfew set to 11 pm.