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Ereck Flowers sits out Giants practice with hip flexor injury

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The good news for the New York Giants' offensive line Monday was that right guard Geoff Schwartz was back after missing Sunday's practice with a sore foot. The bad news was that rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers missed Monday's practice with a hip flexor injury.

The Giants describe Flowers as "day to day," and coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't think the injury was too serious. But Flowers has been lined up as the first-team left tackle ever since starter Will Beatty tore his pectoral muscle in May, and as a rookie playing a very difficult and important position, he needs all of the practice reps he can get if he's to be ready to play there Week 1.

"He doesn't seem to be too bad," Coughlin said. "This morning he was sore, but by the time I caught him in the meeting room, he was (stretching his leg). Hopefully it's just a short amount of time."

The Giants are off Tuesday and return to practice Wednesday. With Flowers out, Justin Pugh moved from left guard to left tackle and Adam Gettis got the bulk of the first-team reps at left guard (Dallas Reynolds got a couple as well). John Jerry, who subbed in for Schwartz at right guard Sunday, split reps with Schwartz on the right side Monday.