Friday, September 17, 2010
Ross prepared to play corner on Sunday
By Ian Begley
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On Sunday night, Giants cornerback Aaron Ross is hoping to accomplish something he hasn't been able to do in almost two years:
Play cornerback in an NFL regular-season game.
Ross pronounced himself ready to play Sunday against the Colts after Friday's practice. He missed the Giants' season-opener against Carolina last Sunday with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. He has since practiced three straight days and said his heel "felt fine" all week.
"I'm very excited to get out there. It's something I've been waiting for a whole year now. I didn't get to play much last year, none at corner," Ross said.
When asked about any lingering pain in his foot, Ross said, "Of course, the pain is still there but it's something I can play with."
Ross has been wearing extra padding in his cleat to ease the pain.
The former first-round draft pick missed all but four games last season due to a nagging hamstring injury. When he was healthy, he played safety in the depleted Giants secondary.
Ross returned to training camp in good health this season and played well prior to the plantar fascia tear. He also was working as the Giants' primary punt returner before he went down.
The Giants obtained Darius Reynaud from the Minnesota Vikings in the Jim Sorgi trade to replace Ross at returner. But Ross said he wants another shot at returning punts once he is "completely healthy."
BOSS ON BIKE: Giants tight end Kevin Boss rode a stationary bike on the sideline during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media. Boss suffered a concussion last Sunday in the first quarter against Carolina when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit to the back of the head from Panthers safety Sherrod Martin.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said on Friday that Boss' concussion symptoms have subsided.
"I believe the headaches are gone and so I think he is just going to rest and start a little bit of exercise, just to help him that way," Coughlin said. "I don't think there are any real symptoms right now."
RESERVE RECEIVERS ARE READY: Coughlin also said that wideouts Mario Manningham and Ramses Barden are ready to step in and play bigger roles this week against the Colts if Hakeem Nicks (ankle) isn't healthy enough to play on Sunday night.
"Manningham played pretty well last weekend and Ramses has had some good, solid practice days," Coughlin said.
The Giants said Nicks is questionable for Sunday night.
OTHER INJURY UPDATES: Center Shaun O'Hara (ankle) didn't make it through a full practice on Friday. But O'Hara was seen walking without a limp late in practice, so he may have sat out parts of practice as a precaution to rest his ankle. He's been suffering from a nagging injury in his left Achilles tendon and ankle.
Coughlin said backup offensive tackle Will Beatty will be out six-to-eight weeks after he had surgery on the broken bone in his right foot on Thursday. The coach described Beatty as a quick healer who has "outstanding endurance ... so this was a little bit of a shock."
Linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts. Linebacker Phillip Dillard (hamstring) also sat out practice.
DOME, SWEET DOME: It was a beautiful day in East Rutherford on Friday, but the Giants chose to work inside their practice facility. This helped mimic the conditions inside the RCA Dome, site of Sunday night's game against the Colts. Also, a team official noted, the Giants can pipe noise into their indoor facility to simulate the crowd noise they're going to have to deal with in Indianapolis.