T-Rock's Take on the Giants

Crisis at running back averted: Brown and Hillis return to practice field

Andre Brown tries to get around the tackle

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The Giants’ crisis at running back has been downgraded to a concern.

Both Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis were listed as limited participants in Wednesday’s practice, an indication that both had cleared the NFL’s concussion protocols and are on their way towards being available on Sunday against the Redskins.

The Giants didn’t have a full practice, just a jog-through. The injury report...

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David Diehl remembers meeting his new QB at 2004 draft

Eli Manning, a quarterback from Mississippi, holds a

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David Diehl is the only current Giants player who was a member of the team for the 2004 draft when the franchise-altering trade for Eli Manning was made. In fact, Diehl had an up-close view of the action.

“I was at the draft that day, working the draft and doing stuff for ESPN,” he recalled today as most of the locker room conversation revolved around the trade due to this week’s game against...

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'We'll see'? Not for David Diehl, who says he's starting

David Diehl emphatically celebrates a Giants win. (Oct.

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David Diehl isn’t waiting to see.

The veteran offensive linemen who missed the first four games with thumb surgery (he was active last week but did not play) trampled over Tom Coughlin’s line of “we’ll see” when he was asked about changes in the lineup for Sunday, pancaking it like a defensive lineman with a blindspot. Diehl made it clear that yes, there will be changes from last week, and...

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Baas and Snee still not practicing for Giants

Chris Snee celebrates against the New England Patriots

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There was no sign of relief for the Giants’ offensive line at practice today.

Neither Chris Snee (hip) nor David Baas (neck) were on the field with the team during the portion of the workout open to the media. With one more day of practice remaining, there continues to be slimmer and slimmer chances that the two veterans will be ready to play on Sunday in Kansas City.

David Diehl did...

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Baas returns to practice, Prince looks close

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara puts on his helmet

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While most of the attention at practice was on Brandon Jacobs returning to the Giants, perhaps a more significant return was occurring just a few yards away.

David Baas was practicing with the team.

Baas missed the opener while recovering from a sprained MCL and was on the practice field for the first time since that injury today. If he plays on Sunday it could mean a return to normal...

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Practice report: Cordle at center, Thomas to play, Hardy caps camp

Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas makes a catch during

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Well, training camp 2013 is in the books. The team breaks camp Wednesday and when they arrive for work Thursday, things will be vastly different. Wait, what? They won’t be? Oh. Nevermind then.

The last day of training camp used to be ceremonious, with the Mayor of Albany coming to wave goodbye and the players jumping in their cars for the drive down the Thruway. The Albany 500, we called it....

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Another day, another starting o-line for the Giants

David Diehl emphatically celebrates a Giants win. (Oct.

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Remember about 20 hours ago when the Giants’ offensive line had a new look? Scratch that one.

The Giants will return to the lab to concoct another five-man compound on their offensive line after veteran tackle-turned-guard David Diehl was diagnosed with instability in his right thumb which will require surgery. Diehl will be out for six weeks, meaning that another gap on the line must be filled.

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Practice report: Debut of new O-line, Eli hits Randle twice, Rolle coming along

Justin Pugh, right, looks to block linebacker Keith

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There wasn’t much in the way of live action at today’s practice as most of it was done off cards. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t news.

For instance, we saw the new shape of the Giants’ offensive line for the first time. With David Baas out for a few weeks, the team decided to make three moves to replace him. They shifted Kevin Boothe from left guard to center, moved David Diehl from right...

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Giants seem to be shuffling their line to replace David Baas

Justin Pugh, right, looks to block linebacker Keith

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It looks like Justin Pugh will be part of the reconfigured offensive line that deals with the absence of David Baas for the next few weeks.

Pugh’s agent tweeted out congratulations to his client this afternoon, saying that Pugh had been named a starter. While the Giants have not made that or any decision official, it seems likely that they will move Kevin Boothe from left guard to center,...

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