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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Injured Giants back at practice

By Ohm Youngmisuk
ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are nearing full strength as everybody on the roster practiced for the first time this season on Wednesday.

Defensive end Justin Tuck (groin/neck), running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot) and fullback Henry Hynoski (neck) went through a limited practice.

Wide receiver Ramses Barden (ankle) also participated in practice although it is unclear how much he did since he remains on the physically unable to perform list and is not on the official injury report.

The only Giant who was not on the field was backup center Adam Koets, who also is on the PUP list with a back injury and is not ready to practice yet.

"I hope we have enough uniforms for these guys," head coach Tom Coughlin cracked about all the injured players returning.

Apparently the bye week helped the Giants (4-2). They have been dealing with injuries since the preseason, having lost cornerback Terrell Thomas, linebacker Jonathan Goff, wide receiver Domenik Hixon, cornerback Bruce Johnson, linebacker Clint Sintim, defensive tackle Marvin Austin and cornerback Brian Witherspoon to season-ending injuries.

Tuck has not played since Sept. 25 against Philadelphia due to pain in his neck and a strained groin. Barring a setback, the team's defensive captain hopes to play this Sunday against the Dolphins, which could be his first game alongside Osi Umenyiora this season.

Jacobs has missed the last two games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament injury. The Giants hope to have the running back for the Dolphins game as well.

Both Tuck and Jacobs participated in practice on Monday.

Amukamara, the team's first-round pick, has not participated in a full practice since breaking his foot in his second practice of training camp after holding out over contract negotiations. He went through a limited practice on Monday.

"After I do a little bit of activity it just gets sore but that soreness is going away week by week so I'm just progressing," Amukamara said. "The drills felt good. ... I'm just trying to catch up to the speed. The speed was a bit fast. I'm just trying to get used to that. Physically, I'm just trying to get the timing down."

Barden can be activated off the PUP list at any time in the next three weeks after going through a limited practice on Monday. He has been out ever since breaking his ankle last season.

"Obviously, I'm still preparing myself for that," Barden said of potentially playing against Miami. "I don't know what the decision's going to be. [Whether they] bring me along slow or give me opportunities right away."

"I was able to come right back [from Monday's practice] and be effective," Barden added. "I watched the practice film the other day and I was impressed with how I looked. I wasn't favoring anything."

Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee, who suffered a concussion against the Seahawks on Oct. 9, went through a full practice. Umenyiora (knee) and linebacker Michael Boley (knee) also practiced on a limited basis as part of their weekly routine to manage their injuries.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.