Pugh had been out since suffering a concussion 11 days ago and missed Saturday's preseason-opening 18-13 victory over Pittsburgh. But Pugh says he will make his Giants debut against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
But as Pugh made his way back, the Giants got a scare as they watched safety Antrel Rolle go down with an ankle injury. Coach Tom Coughlin said he did not know the severity of the injury after practice and that the safety was set to undergo an MRI and tests on the ankle.
A source told ESPN that Rolle's ankle injury is a sprain.
Rolle was covering tight end Bear Pascoe in a one-on-one coverage drill and came down awkwardly. He needed help to walk off the field and was carted back to the locker room. However, Rolle did not appear to be in serious pain.
"Must've [been] stepped on," Coughlin said of Rolle. "I am sure he will get everything [on the ankle tested]. That's all I know. Hopefully it is an ankle and he is coming right back."
Pugh got snaps at left tackle with the second team and was thrilled to be back. Coughlin said Pugh "seemed to have no issues."
Pugh said this was the first concussion he has had. The rookie offensive tackle said he was pulling on a play when he got hit on the head by another teammate's helmet. He said he is now symptom-free.
"First time I ever experienced that kind of headache," Pugh said. "The headache was pretty bad -- a little nausea. It got better each day. You go through a variety of different steps. The medical staff did a great job helping me out and getting me back out there."
Pugh is competing with David Diehl and James Brewer for the starting right tackle spot. He said he missed only about two days of meetings despite not being allowed to get back on the field for more than a week.
"Obviously you lose out on two days of film work, which is crucial," Pugh said. "But to get back in there, the time is now to get back where you need to be.
"Definitely those first couple of days when I couldn't even be at the facility ... I had to be back at the hotel. You're kind of like, 'I feel like I'm letting everyone down by being out.' But it's the right thing."
The Giants are hoping that they will get Brewer back soon from a concussion as well. Brewer sat out practice along with defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder contusion), cornerback Corey Webster, wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan and safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring). Coughlin said Webster and Jernigan were experiencing soreness from the preseason game on Saturday.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report.