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Friday, January 20, 2012
Giants not that worried about stomach bug

By Matt Ehalt

This is one thing the Giants don't want to catch.

A stomach bug has taken down its second victim in three days, as center David Baas missed practice on Friday with it. Quarterback Eli Manning had it first and had to leave practice early on Wednesday, a rarity for the league's current Iron Man at the quarterback position.

While the bug has had its effect on the team already, the healthy Giants did not seem too concerned about it.

"It is what it is," offensive lineman Kevin Boothe said. "It happens during the course of the season, we've all seen it happen. The good thing is Eli bounced back quickly, we're sure Dave is already starting to feel better, he'll be fine."

The stomach bug has taken down the Giants quarterback and center in a short span, although neither appear to be too affected by it. Manning returned to practice just one day after having to leave early. And despite missing practice on Friday, Baas is listed as probable for Sunday's game.

Defensive tackle Chris Canty said the team just has to try to take the right precautions to make sure that it doesn't become a team-wide problem. He mentioned hand sanitizers, washing hands, hydrating well and getting rest as steps that the team can take to try and stay as healthy as possible.

Head coach Tom Coughlin actually made a joke when asked about taking precautions to make sure the bug doesn't travel with the team.

"Like what? Everybody's wearing masks, everybody's washing their hands, everybody's doing everything they can," Coughlin said lightheartedly. "Like when your sister came home with whatever, and you got it, that's where we are."