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Coughlin chat

8/12/2010

Head coach Tom Coughlin, as he has every day now, gave us the latest on the injury front.

CB Terrell Thomas stood on the sideline with a wrap around his right knee.

“He is fighting his way through some leg stuff,” Coughlin said.

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Sounds like former Rutgers sparkplug Tim Brown is dealing with a leg injury as well. The speedy wide receiver did not practice with what Coughlin described as a hamstring/groin issue.

“Bad enough (that) he has missed two days,” Coughlin said.

Brown is battling WR Victor Cruz, who has looked strong in practice the last few days, for a potential roster spot.

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WR Derek Hagan took a shot to the head in practice and eventually walked off after he was shaken up. Coughlin said he was hoping the steady receiver was going to be fine.

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S Michael Johnson did not practice with back spasms and Coughlin said he was surprised Johnson didn’t practice because he appeared to be feeling better.

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Coughlin also said G Chris Snee is “fighting his way back” from swelling in his knee.

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As for his tight end epidemic, Coughlin said he is prepared to go into Monday’s preseason game against the Jets with one healthy tight end (Bear Pascoe) available.

Coughlin said the team has explored its options and must consider whether bringing in another tight end would be worth it since he hopes to have his injured tight ends (Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum, Jake Ballard and Scott Chandler) return eventually.

The team said Ballard (hamstring) and Chandler (hip) would go to the Hospital for Special Surgery for MRI examinations.

When asked if he flinches every morning when he gets the injury report, Coughlin cracked, “usually comes the night before so I don’t get any sleep.”

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Coughlin has kept his sense of humor about the injuries. He sort of chuckled when asked about long snapper Zak DeOssie, who shouted an obscenity when he was stepped on during a punt snap. DeOssie stayed in and was fine but Coughlin made a joke about the language used.

When told maybe it was the influence of “Hard Knocks” and Rex Ryan, Coughlin cracked, “I don’t know that show.”

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Rookie punter Matt Dodge showed his inconsistency, booting some deep punts while shanking a few others.

“I told ya, 65 and then today there were a lot of 35’s and had about a 1.1 hang time,” Coughlin said.

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Coughlin said the team was going out to dinner “at various spots in town” on Thursday night.