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Giants' Ereck Flowers still on crutches Monday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers, who left Sunday's game with a sprained ankle, was still on crutches Monday, according to coach Tom Coughlin. It's too early to know anything for certain about Flowers' availability for next Monday night's game in Miami.

"Another sprain, perhaps like the one he had previously," Coughlin said Monday afternoon.

Flowers sprained his ankle in the Week 2 loss to Atlanta and had to sit out the following game. But that Week 3 game was on Thursday night, which meant Flowers had only three days between games to recover. The fact that the Giants play on Monday next week gives him seven full days to rest and could improve his chances of being able to play.

Flowers played his college ball at the University of Miami and lived in Miami with his father as a child. He's surely eager to play in that game if at all possible. And the Giants, who have lost right guard Geoff Schwartz for the season with a broken ankle and played Sunday without right tackle Marshall Newhouse (back injury), can't afford another injury on the line. When Flowers left the game Sunday, left guard Justin Pugh moved to left tackle and rapidly incurred two penalties. Backup center Dallas Reynolds replaced Pugh at left guard.