Friday, October 18, 2013
Corey Webster, David Baas expect to play
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants may not be the walking wounded on Monday night.
Center David Baas and cornerback Corey Webster both believe they will be ready to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday at MetLife Stadium. The veterans highlight a crew of injured Giants who could return this week.
Baas has played in just two games this season as he's missed the last three with a neck injury, and missed the opener with a sprained MCL. He last played on Sept. 22 against Carolina.
"Today I took every rep. It's definitely something I'm just working on," Baas said. "I'm trying to get a feel for it and get out there and work with my teammates. Things are going well right now and no predictions, but right now I would say we've got a really good chance [to play]."
Baas returned to practice Thursday and went again Friday, both in a limited capacity, and said he's doing much better. He's at the facility early every morning getting the necessary treatment, which he described as boring and repetitive, but he understands it's what he has to do to help him get healthy.
It would be easy for Baas to say it's been a frustrating year due to his injuries, as he had only missed five games in the previous four seasons, but he said he's dealt with them his whole career so this is nothing new. He will replace Jim Cordle in the starting lineup, who had started the last three games.
"You've got to play like a New York Giant when you're out there. I think everyone has to expect to do that," Baas said. "That's one thing I definitely pride myself on is trying to lead by example on the field and that's no matter if I'm hurt or not hurt. If I'm out on the field, I'm representing the New York Giants and I plan to play like one."
Sidelined with a groin issue, Webster also has missed four games this season. When he first was inactive against Carolina on Sept. 22, it marked the first game he had missed since 2010. The veteran returned to practice Thursday in a limited capacity but missed Friday with a groin issue.
"Happy to be back out there working with the fellas and everything's on course to be out there on Monday," Webster said.
Webster said the hamstring injury is especially tough for a cornerback because he needs to be sure he can run at full speed and change directions when needed. The extra rest from playing on Thursday last week, and Monday this week, have aided him.
"[It's been] nagging. Been around for too long. The training staff knows I do everything possible for me to be out there and play," Webster said. "I work with them every morning. First one here. Try to get everything correct so I can be healthy enough to go."