Coughlin says Bradshaw had communication problem

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Much has been made of Eli Manning's on-field chewing out of Ahmad Bradshaw after a miscommunication in protection that led to a third-quarter interception on Sunday. Tom Coughlin didn't seem to mind.

"Hey, there was good reason to be frustrated," he said. "I wouldn't make a big deal out of that."

Coughlin did note that one of the reasons for the miscue might have been Bradshaw's inability to practice the last three weeks as he's worn a boot to help his injured ankle and foot. He typically missed Wednesday and Thursday workouts and was limited on Fridays. "That always eventually comes back to bite you in the tail," Coughlin said.

But Bradshaw shed his boot and was limited at yesterday's practice, his first midweek work in about a month. And Coughlin said that Manning's anger was not aimed at the player.

"For whatever reason the communication wasn't as solid as it should have been," Coughlin said. "That's what frustrated him, not the play. It was the fact that he couldn't get the message across to him."

Manning certainly did as they walked off the field.

Pierce leaves practice

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LB Antonio Pierce left in the middle of practice with a stiff back, an injury that if serious could be even more upsetting to an already weakened linebacker corps.

Starting weak side backer Michael Boley is out at least two more weeks after knee surgery and Pierce's backup in the middle, Chase Blackburn, has been playing on the weak side. If Pierce is limited or unable to play Sunday, the Giants would have to either move Blackburn to the middle and have Bryan Kehl or Gerris Wilkinson play the weak side or keep Blackburn on the outside and have Jonathan Goff play the middle. Either way they would essentially be starting a third-stringer somewhere.

Giant steps

Manning said the injured plantar fascia in his foot continues to improve even though he was still technically limited in yesterday's workout. "It doesn't bother me at practice," he said. "I feel that I can do everything, run around and do everything that I need to do." . . . RT Kareem McKenzie (groin) was limited in practice after being carted off the field for a second time in three games . . . Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (ankle) did not practice but coach Ken Whisenhunt said he's confident Boldin will play Sunday.

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