EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin made it clear Tuesday he is optimistic about Antrel Rolle’s ankle injury. When asked if he projected that the safety would be available for Week 1 of the regular season, the Giants' head coach raised his eyebrows.
“I hope he comes back next week,” Coughlin said. “Why would I talk about Week 1?”
Coughlin said Rolle has given him every reason to believe he will be back on the field quickly, given his attitude and ability to rebound from injury.
“I don’t know what he said (to the media), but I know that even when he was out there on the field, he said, ‘I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine,’” Coughlin said. “So he has an ankle injury and he’ll do everything he can to get back in. He doesn't like to miss anything and, quite frankly, if he can possibly avoid it, he misses nothing, which is a good attitude. “
Coughlin’s post-practice news conference Tuesday consisted mainly of a rundown of the expectations for injured players like defensive back Terrell Thomas, who is being brought back gradually from a knee injury.
“That’s all I can tell you, is that when he practices enough to where the medical people think he can take a series or whatever, then we’ll take a series,” Coughlin said.
Guard Chris Snee (hip) is in the same situation, being worked back in slowly.
Rookie offensive lineman Justin Pugh is coming back after passing the NFL's concussion protocol, and Coughlin acknowledged that Pugh missed some important time in training camp with the injury.
“He’s got a ways to go, but he’s in there fighting,” Coughlin said.