New York Giants: Will Blackmon

Practice: Nicks out, Bradshaw on field

January, 27, 2012
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks missed practice for the second straight day while running back Ahmad Bradshaw appeared to be practicing on Friday. Here's the breakdown from the portion of practice open to the media on Friday afternoon.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder): Nicks was on the side during practice and appeared to be missing his third straight day. Nicks injured his shoulder against the 49ers but said that he is going to play in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot): Bradshaw appeared to be practicing as per his usual schedule of not practicing the first two days of the week and then returning to practice on Friday. He has played in every game over the last two months.

Cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring): Webster was on the side and later on the bike during the portion open to the side and did not appear to be practicing. He is missing his second straight day of practice and has been dealing with his hamstring injury for weeks now.

Linebacker Jacquian Williams (foot): Williams was out for his second straight day and was actually not present at practice. There has been no real update on the linebacker's status and we will be updated later by coach Tom Coughlin about his status.

Cornerback Will Blackmon (knee): Blackmon was on the side and riding a bike. He missed his second straight day of practice as he battles his knee injury.

Center David Baas (abdomen/neck), linebacker Chase Blackburn (calf) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) all appeared to be practicing. Baas and Blackburn missed practice on Thursday while Umenyiora has been a constant on the injury report.

Giants official injury report

December, 3, 2010
Here's the injury report for Sunday:

T Shawn Andrews (back)
CB Will Blackmon (chest)
WR Hakeem Nicks (leg)
C Shaun O'Hara (foot)

WR Steve Smith (pectoral)
LT David Diehl (hip/hamstring)

DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
S Brian Jackson (hand)
CB Aaron Ross (back)

Friday early practice report

December, 3, 2010
All of the Giants walking wounded except offensive lineman Shawn Andrews (back) were at practice during the portion open to the media Friday morning, although they were not doing much.

Andrews is all but certain to be inactive Sunday and miss his second straight game.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (leg) was on the side throwing a football around. He will miss this weekend's game against Washington but will try to play against Minnesota on Dec. 12

Left tackle David Diehl (hip/hamstring) had on pads. Diehl has missed the last three games and it is unknown whether he will play Sunday.

Center Shaun O'Hara (foot) was riding a stationary bike before pushing a cart on the side while the team practiced, an indication that he will most likely miss his fifth straight game.

Wide receiver Steve Smith (pectoral) had on pads and didn't take any reps while the offense went through some plays. He most likely will miss Sunday's game and try to make his return against Minnesota.

Cornerback/punt returner Will Blackmon (chest) was riding a stationary bike.

Giants official injury report

December, 2, 2010
Here's the Giants injury report for Thursday.

T Shawn Andrews (back)
CB Will Blackmon (chest)
WR Hakeem Nicks (Leg)
C Shaun O'Hara (foot)

T David Diehl (hip/hamstring)
WR Steve Smith (pectoral)
DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)

S Brian Jackson (hand)
CB Aaron Ross (back)

Giants early practice report

December, 2, 2010
Offensive linemen David Diehl (hip/hamstring) and Shaun O'Hara (foot) were in pads and doing individual drills during the portion of practice Thursday afternoon. Fellow offensive lineman Shawn Andrews (back) was not practicing, though.

The status of the three for Sunday's game against Washington is unknown at this point.

Cornerback Aaron Ross (back) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee), who were both limited in practice Wednesday, were working with their positions. Wide receiver Steve Smith (pectoral) was catching passes with quarterback Eli Manning, but is still expected to miss Sunday's game.

Cornerback Will Blackmon (chest) was riding the bike during the open portion, while wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (leg) was not practicing.

Andrews homecoming

November, 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Shawn Andrews heard the jeers when he got on the field in Philadelphia. It was the place he once called home, a fan base he once called his. Instead, he heard the taunts. “Hey Shawn, you owe us $20 million!” “Shawn, get your Michael Phelps on!”

“I did a good job blocking it out,” Andrews said.

He really wanted a win, but the offensive lineman will have to settle for being able to compete for the duration of the Giants 27-17 loss to the Eagles. In order to get on the field after his surgically repaired back was reinjured in a loss to the Cowboys, Andrews needed an epidural during the week and a shot of the prescriptive pain reliever Toradol before the game.

“It’s all right, of course I have to deal with the Toradol wearing off and all that,” Andrews said.

He played left tackle for the Giants on every series after a week when he couldn’t practice, and at least one teammate had high praise for his performance.

“He did a good job of shutting Trent Cole all the way down tonight,” running back Brandon Jacobs said.

Andrews also had two holding penalties. The first he said was legitimate, his footing wasn’t sound, but the second he didn’t want to comment on, presumably to avoid a fine.

“We had it and let it slip away just mistakes man careless mistakes,” Andrews said.

After the night was over, he joked that all his medication was just the norm in the life of an NFL player. But the coming days will give a better indication of whether Andrews can play without pain in the coming weeks. He sounded optimistic.

“I held up and I’ll be all right,” Andrews said.

Kick returns: WIll Blackmon said he had never been hit as hard as he was in the first half, when a nasty collision sent him to the turf on a kickoff return. He tripped on his next return, but a change of shoes during halftime helped him have a better second half, with returns of 27, 24 and 18 yards.

DE Dave Tollefson, whose helmet-to-helmet collision with Ellis Hobbs sent the Eagles returner to the ground for a few scary minutes. Hobbs was taken off the field on a cart but later was moving around normally with X-rays normal. Tollefson stood by as Hobbs was attended to on the field, and wished him well as he passed by en route to the locker room.

Tollefson said kick returns are the most violent part of football, and that he didn't intend a helmet-to-helmet hit. He is hoping that the NFL doesn't fine him, especially after a close call last week. "I hope my name isn't on the tip of their tongue," Tollefson said.

PR/KR Reynaud Questionable with pulled hamstring

November, 5, 2010
Kick returner Darius Reynaud was a surprise addition to the injury report and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Seattle with a pulled right hamstring. Reynaud pulled his hamstring during Friday’s practice, but said he’s on track to play.

“Big game off a bye week, hope to start off on a good feet,” Reynaud said. “This is not going to keep me down.”

While returning a kickoff during practice, his cleat got stuck in the turf and he said he felt a little pop. He calls it a tweak and said it is not a bad injury, saying he can stretch to the ground. He will do some drills tomorrow and see how he feels. Reynaud said he’s had a hamstring injury before, but not like this one, saying this injury is lower on the hamstring than before.

Acquired via a trade with Minnesota before the season began, Reynaud has struggled at times in the return game, averaging just 5.9 yards per punt return (22 attempts) and 18.4 yards on kickoff returns (21 attempts).

Reynaud’s injury could open the door for recently signed defensive back/returner Will Blackmon. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said the team has worked more than one person at its return position and did not commit to Reynaud for Sunday.

Blackmon, who the Giants signed on Oct. 28, said he has not heard any news about whether he will be the return specialist for the game. He said he does not know if he will be on the active roster for the game. Blackmon is looking to play in his first game since tearing his ACL last season as a member of the Green Bay Packers.

“Everybody was real receptive with me being here. I introduced myself to Darius and he and I were cool, we respected each other right off the bat,” Blackmon said. “Everybody has the same goal, they just want to win, and I bought into that."