Considering Chris Snee has missed one game in the past eight seasons, his injured right ankle had to be bothering him quite badly for him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday.
But given his perseverance, Snee will be a hard man to drop to the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Bengals in Cincinnati, even though he is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
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"I never take myself off, so it's got to be a pretty serious thing and I've gotten to rest some this week and do some rehab and I feel better every day," Snee said after doing limited work in Friday's Giants practice. "I'd love to be out there, but that's a decision we haven't made yet and you could talk to the head guy."
That would be Snee's father-in-law, Tom Coughlin, who said Snee will be a game-time decision Sunday. "He feels better, but I think we'll see in another couple days," he said.
Snee suffered the injury when a player rolled up on his ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Steelers. If he is out, David Diehl will move from right tackle to right guard and Sean Locklear will start at tackle.
One plus of being a veteran -- Snee is one of four current Giants (Diehl, Eli Manning and Osi Umenyiora) who were on the team the last time the Giants visited the Bengals in 2004, though Snee missed that game with an inflamed gland under his jaw -- is that Snee isn't really affected by missing practice time.
"The good thing is I know everything we're doing, and missing a couple of reps is not the worst thing, in my opinion," Snee said. "I don't like to be out. I don't like to miss practice. I don't like to be in [the trainer's room]. I don't like to miss things with my teammates, so that's probably why I'm not the happiest camper, which is a good thing."
Notes & quotes:Also questionable are RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and LB Keith Rivers (calf), with Bradshaw missing practice Friday and Rivers limited. Rivers, who missed last week's game and has played only five of the first nine games, might get a chance to face his former team. The Bengals drafted Rivers ninth overall in 2008 but dealt him to the Giants for a fifth-round pick in April. "It's no different than any other day," Rivers said. "Things happen. We weren't really on the same page and I was happy to get a fresh start." . . . DB Will Hill has not been reinstated to the roster after his four-game suspension for using a banned substance, but he practiced all week. The Giants might put DB Michael Coe (hamstring) on injured reserve Saturday to make room; Coe, S Kenny Phillips (knee) and LB Jacquian Williams (knee) are out. LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) and DT Chris Canty (groin) are probable.