Justin Pugh returned to practice Monday knowing that he has to make up some ground.
The first-round pick was competing for a starting job at right tackle and even taking reps with the first team when he suffered a concussion Aug. 1. He'd been sidelined since then -- missing two meetings, six practices and a preseason game -- but was cleared to return during the weekend and was on the field Monday at left tackle with the second unit.
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"Obviously, missing the reps, that's something that's big," Pugh said. "I wish I could get those back but right now I've just got to go out there and play. I really can't control that now."
Pugh said it was his first concussion and that he had a headache and nausea from the injury.
Running back Ryan Torain also returned after suffering a concussion in practice last week. Offensive lineman James Brewer remained sidelined with his concussion.
Tyler Sash had an impressive start to the preseason with a tackle for a safety and a fumble recovery on a muffed punt in Saturday's win over the Steelers. Those two plays helped account for five points in a five-point victory. The third-year safety said offseason surgery to clean out both of his ankles is helping him perform. "I would say it's a pretty big difference from what it was last year compared to right now," he said. "I'm actually moving around a lot better, I feel better. I feel explosive, which is one thing that I didn't feel last year."
Jerry Reese may have a countdown to the Super Bowl, but Tom Coughlin's urgency is a little more immediate. "As of this morning, we had nine practices left [before the team is cut to 53 players]," the coach said after crossing that ninth one off the list Monday. "Can you imagine that? Nine practices. It's ridiculous." . . . DE Damontre Moore sat out practice with a shoulder contusion. Coughlin said the rookie is considered "day to day."