Giants are playing it cautious with Alford

Jay Alford has stood out amongst a talented Jay Alford has stood out amongst a talented group of defensive linemen in training camp. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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ALBANY - Jay Alford is in a tough spot at training camp. After missing an entire year following ACL surgery, he needs reps to refine his timing. But because he's coming off that surgery and had a few minor setbacks in the spring, the Giants are limiting his reps.

"Right now, because of their safety precautions, I'm not getting as many reps as I want to," the defensive tackle said Thursday. "Even though I want to be out there, it's rough right now."

A year ago, with Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield coming off surgeries and Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard getting acclimated to their new team, Alford seemed primed to crack the starting lineup. A twist of the knee in a preseason game ended his season.

Alford had been participating in all of the practices, but as of Thursday, the Giants pulled him back to one practice per day. "He's sore, and that's to be expected," Tom Coughlin said. "The next thing after the doctor discovers the soreness is probably to slow him down. So that's what they're doing."

 

Plax applies for early exit

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Plaxico Burress is supposed to be serving time in prison for felony weapons charges until June 2011, but for the second time since he was incarcerated last August, he has applied for work release. A ruling on that request reportedly is due by early September. Even if Burress is allowed to leave prison and is cleared to return to the NFL, the Giants are unlikely to consider bringing him back.

 

Giant steps

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WR Hakeem Nicks returned to practice after hyperextending a knee Tuesday. "I didn't really feel it was that serious, so it didn't strike me I was going to be out for the whole season,'' he said. "It was like an ouch for the moment. Once I got up and walked off [to the cart], I knew I was fine." . . . S Deon Grant hurt his groin in the morning and sat out in the afternoon.

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