Three Giants questionable for practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Defensive end Osi Umenyiora, wide receiver Mario Manningham and tight end Jake Ballard are considered questionable for practice this week by head coach Tom Coughlin as the New York Giants enter the most pivotal week of their season.

Umenyiora is still having trouble pushing off on a sprained ankle and could try to practice later this week, according to a source. The defensive end has missed four straight games since spraining his ankle against the Saints on Nov. 28. The source said that Umenyiora could be a game-time decision for Sunday night's winner-takes-the-NFC-East game against the Cowboys.

"Osi's still (the same)," Coughlin said. "(Umenyiora, Ballard and Manningham are) probably questionable to start the week. I would hope Manningham could make it. He started to feel better at the end of the week."

Manningham missed last week's game against the Jets with swelling in his knee. Ballard also sat out the win with a PCL knee injury. The tight end said he has not begun to start running yet. Coughlin hopes Ballard will improve by Wednesday.

"I'm feeling better every day," Ballard said. "It just really depends on how I feel. I've heard (PCL injuries) usually (take) two to four weeks. So I'm trying."

Coughlin also is among the walking wounded in the Giants locker room. The head coach suffered a left leg injury when running back D.J. Ware was shoved inadvertently into Coughlin on the sideline during the Giants 29-14 win over the Jets on Saturday.

Coughlin stepped up a short flight of stairs toward the lectern for his Monday press conference with a very stiff limp. But he would not reveal the nature of his injury to reporters.

"Never better," he said when asked about his leg. "I may not be able to run for a while."

Coughlin said he has not nor does he have any plans to visit a hospital to have his leg examined or undergo tests.

He joked about his leg injury, saying he was in the trainer's room on Sunday but "to check on the players that were there."

When asked if Ware was fined for running into the head coach, Coughlin cracked, "Uh, he's no longer with the team."

"The problem that I had is I relaxed because (the player) was out of bounds," Coughlin said of the incident. "The only thing that happened was that 10 yards later, he got hit out of bounds. As (team CEO and owner) John Mara said, 'Too bad you got hurt, we got the 15 yards.' "

"It's my fault," Coughlin added of paying more attention. "It should have never happened, but it could have been worse."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.