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Baas returns to practice

12/21/2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Center David Baas returned to practice with the team on Tuesday and practiced again today.

The Giants starting center missed three straight games after having a problem with headaches. Head coach Tom Coughlin said “we’ll see” when asked if Baas will return to the starting lineup but indications are that Baas likely will start against the Jets barring a setback.

The Giants offensive has had its best three-game stretch rushing the ball with Kevin Boothe at center and Mitch Petrus at left guard. During that span, the Giants have rushed for a total of 100, 110 and 91 yards.

“We’ll see how that works out,” Coughlin said when asked what he will do with the offensive line if Baas is available to play.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) and tight end Jake Ballard (knee) will not practice. But the team’s two other injured tight ends, Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum, practiced.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora remains sidelined by an ankle injury and likely will be out for a fourth straight game. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was on the field during the early portion of practice and may do some limited work today.