Thursday, October 17, 2013
For what it's worth, Giants getting healthier
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Running back Brandon Jacobs, center David Baas and cornerbacks Corey Webster and Jayron Hosley were among the significant New York Giants players practicing Thursday after missing practice and/or games in the past couple of weeks due to injuries. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said all were practicing on a "limited" basis, but in cases such as Baas and Webster, limited is a major improvement.
Jacobs rushed for 106 yards in last Thursday's loss in Chicago and sat out Monday's practice with a hamstring injury, but the fact that he was back at practice indicates he should be fine for Monday night's game against the Vikings. Coughlin said newly signed Peyton Hillis would be expected to contribute right away as well, so it's hard to say for sure how the backfield situation will work out.
Baas has missed the past three games due to a neck injury but has said he expects to be cleared to play Monday. This is the first week he's practiced at all since Week 3.
Webster has been out since Week 2 with a groin injury. Coughlin said Webster would "be brought along real slow," but that he was returning to the practice field Thursday. It was unclear whether Webster should be expected to play Monday or if he will need another week. Hosley has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, though the Giants have depth at cornerback and have been able to patch things together with guys like Terrell Thomas and Trumaine McBride.
Safety Cooper Taylor, who's been dealing with a shoulder injury, and tight end Adrien Robinson, who's been out since preseason with a foot injury, also were practicing. Injured running back David Wilson, who's out at least a few more weeks with his neck injury, and Thomas, who gets a day or two off each week to rest his surgically repaired knee, were the only players off to the side on the exercise bikes during the portion of practice that was open to the media.