O'Hara will monitor injury

Giants C Shaun O’Hara has been out since August 26th due to tendinitis in his left ankle. He returned the practice field on Monday morning, but he said he expects to have to monitor the injury this season.

“It’s not going to be something that is miraculously going to be gone,” O’Hara said after Monday’s practice.

He also didn’t rule out the possibility that he’d periodically miss practice during the season to avoid aggravating the injury and stay healthy for Sundays.

“If that’s what we have to do, I think I know the offense pretty well and if I have to rest a little bit, I think I am comfortable doing that. In my mind, I want to take every rep and I don’t want to miss out on anything during the week.”

O’Hara said he planned to practice again on Wednesday.

“The plan is to progress, move forward and make sure we don’t have any set-backs,” he said.

REYNAUD READY TO RETURN: Darius Reynaud – the Giants’ newest punt returner – said that he’s still in shock after getting trading from Minnesota.

Reynaud was dealt along with backup QB Sage Rosenfels to the Giants on Friday night.

“It happened so fast that I’m still in shock,” he said on Monday afternoon. “I didn’t know anything (about the trade). I got the phone call, and they said they’d fly me up the next day and here I am.”

Tom Coughlin said that Reynaud would return punts for the Giants. He may also serve as the team’s returner. The Giants have been trying to fill that void since Domenik Hixon was lost for the season following knee surgery.

Reynaud will take snaps at receiver for the Giants. He averaged 10.3 yards on 30 punt returns last season – fourth-best in the NFC. He returned four kicks for an average of 22.5 yards.

“I can do kick returns, but if you miss the first guy in punt returns then it’s off to the races,” Reynaud said. “I’m more comfortable doing that than kick returns.”

Reynaud somehow had a good feeling that he would be coming to New York last week. He didn’t know which team he’d be going to, but he told his wife that they’d be in New York the day before he was traded.

“My wife says to this day ‘I don’t know why you were thinking about that and how this came about.’ I had a good feeling.”

A SAGE MAN: Rosenfels is happy to be in New York, but the 10-year veteran knows he won’t be able to do sightseeing in the big city anytime soon. He’s going to be occupied with studying the Giants’ playbook.

“I’m going to do my best to know everything that’s in the game plan. What I’m going to try to do is get down,” Rosenfels said. “ … Every play they have in the game plan. To get to that point, I really have to put in a lot of time. It’s great to be in New York City, but I’m not going to seeing New York City for a few more weeks.”

VICTOR-Y: Rookie wideout Victor Cruz can breathe easy now that he has a full-time job with the Giants. The Paterson, N.J. native was home with family on Saturday when he found out that he made the 53-man roster.

“It’s kind of calming to know that you have a job and you’re not worried about competing and things like that,” Cruz said. “You still compete but you’re more relaxed and just ready to go out there and there’s less tension within yourself. You just kind of go out there and relax and play.”

BLACKBURN BETTER: Linebacker Chase Blackburn, who sprained his right knee against the Jets on Aug. 16, said he felt general soreness in his injured right MCL after practicing on Monday morning. But he said the pain didn’t linger and he expected to play on Sunday against Carolina.