David Wilson has not been cleared to return, but doctors saw what the Giants called "significant improvement" in his neck upon Monday's MRI and re-evaluation.
Wilson will be examined again in several weeks.
Until then, the second-year running back will remain in limbo between being on the field with the team and being placed on injured reserve.
Wilson injured his neck in the first half of the Oct. 6 game against the Eagles, describing numbness throughout his body after he was thrown to the ground. He was diagnosed with a herniated disc and stenosis of the spine. On Monday, he was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery by team physician Russell Warren and spine specialist Frank Cammisa.
The Giants are concerned that Wilson's injury could not only be season-ending, but potentially career-threatening. Last week, general manager Jerry Reese said "anytime you have a situation with your neck and your spine, those are some serious things that you need to take into consideration."
On Monday, while awaiting the results, Tom Coughlin said he was obviously hoping for good news.
"It's very important for that young man and for our team," he said of the tests that were taking place. "We're anxious to say that he's perfectly healthy, to be honest with you. We don't even want to think about the other part of it."
Now they'll have to for another three weeks.
Nick Foles threw seven touchdown passes against the Raiders on Sunday, and this week Eli Manning will get a chance to face that same defense. But when asked how Foles managed to do it, Manning didn't have an answer.
"It's never happened to me, so I don't know," he said. "I guess I'll try to figure out a way."
The most touchdowns Manning has even thrown in a game is four, and he's done that seven times. The last quarterback to reach seven in a game before Foles was Peyton Manning, who did it in this season's opening game. It had been 44 years since anyone had done it prior to that.
"You're hoping for that game where everything clicks and goes your way, but you have to make those happen," Eli Manning said. "If it happens, great. If not, you still have to have enough plays to go out there and win the games."
Besides Wilson, CB Corey Webster (groin) was the only other player not participating in Monday's first practice after the bye DT Markus Kuhn (knee) said he feels as healthy as he did before he needed surgery and is hopeful that he'll be taken off PUP and put on the active roster this week. The Giants must decide to activate him or put him on injured reserve by Thursday ... RB Andre Brown is expected to be activated off injured reserve and play a role in the offense this week. The Giants will have to make a roster move to accommodate his return.