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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Dallas prep, Day 1

By Jane McManus

Giants C Shaun O’Hara practiced today. That’s notable in that he played on Sunday and has been missing practice on and off ever since his ankle tendonitis began during training camp. He said there has been improvement in how he feels.

“It’s feeling good and certainly having an extra day helps,” O’Hara said. “We just decided to do some work today see how it feels I haven’t really had any issues with it even postgame so it’s feeling a lot better.”

Does he feel like he has turned the corner?

“I’m still kind of holding my breath,” O’Hara said. “I don’t want to jinx myself but it’s feeling pretty good and it seems to be handling the workload.”

And the Giants may have another injured player back. LB Keith Bulluck said that his turf toe was better, and he practiced today. He also was pretty emphatic when asked if he would play in Dallas this weekend.

“I will be ready to play,” Bulluck said.

DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka has a diagnosis of a herniated disk. It's a more severe condition than the bulging disk the Giants first said was the source of his sore neck. We have more on that here and will update later.

Giants players and coaches addressed the NFL’s decision to crack down on helmet-to-helmet hits after fining three players $175,000 for hits this weekend. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the team would talk about it this afternoon, and watch a video the NFL had put together.

“Well, I think that the players are very serious about listening,” Coughlin said. “Whether they agree or disagree, they will listen to what the commissioner has to say.”

The comments out of the locker room broke down along offensive and defensive lines.

“Obviously, as an offensive player and a quarterback, anything that protects us, you are always a fan for,” QB Eli Manning said. “We have to hear what he says, and honestly there will probably be mixed feelings. The commissioner and the league is worried about protecting the players and keeping guys healthy, and that’s very important.”

The exception to that was RB Brandon Jacobs, who speculated that it might give the offense an advantage.

“I think all of this is insane, but it is for the safety of the players it’s going to start of having big plays because guys don’t want to get the $50,000 fine or suspension,” Jacobs said. “...Guys are going to be missing tackles when they think they’ve got it right in front of them and they can’t do anything about it.”

He added: “I’m an offensive player and I think it’s insane,” Jacobs said. “The guy’s defenseless but that’s been football for how many years now.”

Johnette Howard will have a column on the defensive side of the issue later.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted a link to the video the NFL sent to all teams about the enforcement of rules on legal and illegal NFL hits. The first example of an illegal hit is one made on Giants TE Kevin Boss.

Injury report: T Will Beatty (foot) was out, FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) was limited, Kiwanuka did not practice, P Lawrence Tynes (ankle) was limited and DE Osi Umenyiora did not practice.