EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The good news from New York Giants practice on Thursday was the return of running backs Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis from concussions and guard David Diehl from the knee injury that kept him out of Sunday's victory in Detroit. The bad news was the surprise absence of Rueben Randle, who missed practice with an as-yet-undisclosed injury and sounds unlikely to play Sunday.
What was that about expanding the season to 18 games again?
As for the running backs, the fact that Brown and Hillis are practicing doesn't ensure that they'll be available for the game. The league's concussion protocol requires tests to be passed all week, and it's always possible that a player could feel worse Friday or Saturday or Sunday than he felt Thursday. But it's fair to take it as a good sign that Brown, Hillis or both will be back on the field Sunday.
We'll keep you posted when we hear anything more on Randle, just in case your fantasy league is still playing this week and you're as banged up at wide receiver as the Giants are.