New York Giants: Madison Hedgecock
A few last minute roster moves as the Giants prepare to play Philadelphia tomorrow. The team moved tight end Jake Ballard from the practice squad to active roster and waived defensive back DJ Johnson.
Fullback Madison Hedgecock, who's been used as a TE in a pinch, won't travel for the game and TE Kevin Boss has had some back issues this week.
Here are the basics out of Giants practice the Friday before a home game against the Cowboys.
Steve Smith, the starting wide receiver who strained his pectoral muscle during Thursdays practice, was not on the field with his teammates today. We should find out the results of tests Smith underwent after the injuries, the results of which weren't available yesterday.
If Smith is out -- and it doesn't look good if he isn't at practice -- it's a big loss for the Giants. Yesterday offensive coordinator Kevin Gillbride called Smith the Giants' most polished receiver. Read Ohm Youngmisuk's story on Smith here.
Also missing were offensive linemen Shaun O'Hara (foot) and David Diehl (hip/hamstring).
FB Madison Hedgecock was at practice, but he didn't appear to be participating fully in drills.
Former Cowboy Troy Aikman, in his capacity as Fox announcer, was on the sidelines today taking it all in.
Center Shaun O'Hara (Foot) DID NO PRACTICE
Tackle Will Beatty (Foot) DID NOT PRACTICE
Fullback Madison Hedgecock (Hamstring) DID NOT PRACTICE
Running back/kick returner Darius Reynaud (Hamstring) ***LIMITED IN PRACTICE
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (Knee) ***FULL PARTICIPATION
Defensive end Dave Tollefson (Illness)***FULL PARTICIPATION
Tackle Kareem McKenzie (Illness)***FULL PARTICIPATION
Linebacker Gerris Wilkinson (Hand)***FULL PARTICIPATION
Center Shaun O'Hara was nowhere to be seen during practice. O' Hara is battling a mild lisfranc sprain in his right foot.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) had on pads and helment and went through reps with the first-team defense.
Tackle Will Beatty (foot) stretched with the team before doing some time on the bike. He then moved outside to do what appeared to be some individual drills without helmets or pad.
Fullback Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) was riding the bike as the team stretched and then was watching practice on the field with no pads or helmet on.
Defensive end Dave Tollefson (illness) was back in action, going through special teams reps.
You can read a more thorough story about the injuries on the main page, but here's a quick update of the injury situation as seen during the portion available to the media.
Keith Bulluck (toe)
Will Beatty (foot)
Shaun O' Hara (ankle/achilles)
Mathias Kiwanuka (neck)
Madison Hedgecock (hamstring)--seen doing sit-ups
Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle)
Terrell Thomas (foot)
Adam Koets (knee)
Kenny Phillips (knee)--did not do any reps during practice, but stretched
Osi Umenyiora (knee)