Giants nearly at full strength for season's biggest game
They're not quite "all in" yet, but at least none of the Giants already is out.
As of Friday, every member of the 53-man roster was at least questionable to play Sunday against the Ravens in Baltimore. That could change Saturday when the team travels down the coast, and there will be some important game-day decisions on banged-up players. But the significance of the game apparently has helped nurse the vast majority of them back to relative health.
Justin Tuck (shoulder) was the only Giant not to participate in Friday's practice. Among those who practiced Friday for the first time this week were offensive linemen Chris Snee (hip) and David Baas (shoulder, hip) and, most significantly, running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee). He was limited in his first workout since spraining his left knee against the Saints two weeks ago.
Coach Tom Coughlin maintains that any decision on Bradshaw's availability will come from the medical staff, and he said Friday that Bradshaw has been cleared "provided the progress is continuous." In other words, no setbacks or troubles Saturday after his workout.
"We have [Saturday] and we have [Sunday] afternoon," Coughlin said. "[The medical staff] is very hopeful, as well."
If Bradshaw plays, the Giants will have their fiery sparkplug back after a flat performance without him last week against the Falcons. Bradshaw said things would have been "different" in that game had he been in Atlanta, and he wasn't talking about the five touchdowns he would have scored to counter the Falcons' 34-0 victory. He was talking about the team's attitude.
"We'd love to have him out there," Snee said. "His passion for the game, it rubs off on everyone. Tremendous energy, and his physical play inspires people, too. I sure hope that he makes the trip down with us and we're running out the tunnel together because his energy is infectious."
The biggest question of the questionables seems to be Tuck, who injured his left shoulder in the Falcons game. "We're going to have to wait and see on that one," Coughlin said.
Notes & quotes: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) is probable after missing only one game. "I think I did more running [Friday] than I did all week," Amukamara said. "I had a lot of burst, so it didn't even feel as bad." WRs Hakeem Nicks (knee) and Rueben Randle (back) are probable. S Kenny Phillips (knee) is questionable . . . Coughlin said he's expecting Ravens LB Ray Lewis (biceps) to be activated. Snee noted that Lewis could give his team the same sort of jolt that Bradshaw hopes to give the Giants. "If they have their leader come back, you mention Ahmad and the spark he brings, obviously if 52 runs out of the tunnel, they'll be fired up," Snee said . . . Falcons S Chris Hope was fined $30,000 for an illegal hit to the head of Victor Cruz in last week's game. Giants CB Corey Webster and Falcons WR Roddy White were fined $7,875 each for an altercation.