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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Blackburn says he has a chance to play

By Matt Ehalt

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants middle linebacker Chase Blackburn had a limited practiced Thursday and believes he has a realistic shot of playing Sunday. Blackburn is battling a hamstring injury that forced him to miss last week's loss to Pittsburgh.

"I don't think they'd have me practicing going into a bye week like this if there wasn't a realistic opportunity for me to play, knowing we have next week off," Blackburn said. "I feel like I'm practicing out there and continuing to progress and getting more snaps. I feel like I definitely have an opportunity to play."

Blackburn missed Wednesday's practice but did everything that was asked of him on Thursday. The team keyed in on third downs and he said he a good amount of reps and hopes to keep progressing through the week. He's hoping for no setbacks and to give it another go on Friday.

"I felt good out there," Blackburn said. "I didn't go out there and wasn't running cold and just trying to run 100 miles per hour, but I felt pretty good, confident. So hopefully we'll just continue the confidence and keep building it."

COE SIDELINED: Cornerback Michael Coe is going to get checked out by a team doctor after sitting out Thursday's practice with a hamstring issue. The corner said he didn't have that extra gear while running Sunday, and it flared up Wednesday. The same hamstring forced him to leave the team's opener vs. Dallas, but he said this isn't as bad.

Coe, who started at corner in the team's opener but has become a backup since Prince Amukamara's return, isn't too concerned that this will be a problem that lingers. Coe is not sure if he will be able to practice Friday, which could affect his status for Sunday's game. He has eight total tackles on defense.

"Before it was a true hamstring. This time it's kinds one of those things more like tendinitis," Coe said. "You have a real hamstring (injury) you can't run at all. I knew it wasn't as bad if I could run."

SNEE OUT AGAIN: Right guard Chris Snee (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day and his status for Sunday's game could be in danger.

Snee has started each game at right guard this year and if he can't go, the team could move right tackle David Diehl inside and put Sean Locklear back on the edge. Coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged the team has tried several combinations. The Giants only have two true guards on the roster, Snee and left guard Kevin Boothe, but Diehl played left guard last year.