They weren't on the practice field Thursday, but both safety Antrel Rolle and cornerback Corey Webster said they'll be there for Sunday's game against the Browns.
"No doubt," said Webster, who has sat out the last two days with a hamstring issue. "Just want to take the proper precaution not to set myself back and hopefully I can take these two days off and I could be good for the rest of the season."
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"We're just being smart about our approach for this upcoming Sunday, and as things get better, the more I'll be out there," said Rolle, who missed a practice for the second straight week with an injured knee. "I'll be good on Sunday."
Rolle and Webster were two of five Giants defensive starters who were not practicing Thursday. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Stevie Brown will replace Kenny Phillips (knee) at safety. He also said he expects either Michael Boley (hip) or Keith Rivers (hamstring) to start at outside linebacker even though neither has practiced fully this week. Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard is the other defensive starter to miss time.
The secondary is where the major concern is, though, because it affects what the Giants are able to do up front.
"It causes you to give real strong consideration to how you're doing things and who's doing it," Tom Coughlin said of being aggressive with blitzes and pressures that could expose weaknesses in the secondary. "Hopefully it's not going to restrict us very much."
Fake? No way!
Lawrence Tynes mentioned on Wednesday that the Giants were close to calling a fake field goal at the end of the Eagles game and that they would likely have scored on a pass play. If that seems inconceivable, well, special teams coordinator Tom Quinn agrees.
"We weren't close [to making that call]," Quinn said. "It just wasn't something that we talked about."
But in floating the idea, at least Tynes put the possibility in the heads of other coaches around the league for next time. Maybe it was just a fake fake.
Center David Baas (hand) practiced fully after missing Wednesday's workout but guard Chris Snee (hip) missed a second straight day of work. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said that Mitch Petrus would likely start if Snee is unable to play . . . Cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) was limited on Wednesday but did not practice Thursday and seems unlikely to play Sunday . . . The Giants will need to make a roster move Friday or Saturday to accommodate safety Tyler Sash coming off suspension. They currently have a roster exemption for him.