- Adena Andrews, Editor, espnW.com
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Defensive tackle Chris Canty practiced Wednesday after being sidelined for the first six weeks of the season. The Giants could activate him for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.
"We are just going to see how the week goes," Canty said, "and I'm sure the decision will be made between now and Sunday."
Canty and tight end Travis Beckum were placed on the physically unable-to-perform list during training camp because offseason knee surgery. Beckum is still a week away from practicing.
While it's not certain if Canty will play Sunday, Justin Tuck is sure Canty and his "go-go gadget arms" will affect opposing quarterbacks upon his return.
"You ask quarterbacks if they want to see a 6-foot-7, 300-plus-pound guy right in the middle of their face with arms that look like branches," Tuck said. "You might want to check out the quote from Tom Brady in the Super Bowl -- it is not fun."
Having not played since the Super Bowl, Canty says there's still some rust but that his body feels good and he's still looking forward to competing.
Canty's return to the field is bittersweet as he leaves his PUP partner, Beckum, behind.
Beckum said his knee feels great and that he is scheduled to return to practice next week. The tight end hopes to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 28. He decided not to practice this week in order to condition and get his body into practice shape.
"I miss [Travis]. I need him to come to this side of things," Canty said. "It's helpful to go through that process of PUP with somebody and train and keep each other focused on a like-minded goal. I'm excited to be on the field; at the same time, I'm excited for him to be getting ready to come on the field as well."
Beckum joked he has settled with running and conditioning with an imaginary friend named Edward since Canty is now practicing.