ALBANY -- Michael Boley had some good news for his teammates before practice Monday, and it had nothing to do with his return to the field since the opening weekend of training camp.
Boley was one of the first to get word that Terrell Thomas would not need surgery on his injured right knee and would be returning to the team to begin a rehabilitation program.
"Me and Terrell both share the same agent, so I got a text from my agent before I went out to practice," Boley said Tuesday. "It said there was great news on Terrell. So I was very excited about that."
Of course he passed the word along.
"I shared it with some of the DBs first," Boley said. "That's his group. I'm sure they wanted to know that news . . . You know, he's been through a lot. He's had a lot of guys, including myself, in his corner, trying to help keep his spirits up. To hear that news, it kind of spread throughout the locker room pretty quickly."
Good news travels quickly in an NFL locker room, and the Giants have had a run of it lately. While Thomas arrived in Albany Tuesday afternoon to get reacquainted with his teammates, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks took a large step toward his return by running routes on the side for the first time. Nicks remains on PUP recovering from surgery on a broken bone in his right foot this spring, but said he's still on target to return in time for the regular-season opener.
Nicks said he's feeling "no pain," but he's aware of the injury and knows there will also be a mental hurdle to get over.
"If anything, it'll be more of me just knowing and realizing it's there," Nicks said. "But I can get over that quick. It's a matter of just continuing to run on it and trust in myself to run my routes."
Boley, meanwhile, was on the field for a second straight day after missing more than a week with his sore hamstring. He said he still has a "little ways to go" and was uncertain about playing against the Jaguars on Friday, but was generally optimistic.
"It's part of the game," he said. "You get muscle tweaks and stuff all the time, so it's nothing to worry about it."
Not everything is as peachy. Defensive tackle Chris Canty remains sidelined and on PUP while recovering from offseason knee surgery that was supposedly minor.
"We're waiting," Coughlin said of Canty. "He's got to get to where he's strong enough, and the knee won't swell. He's not there yet."
When he is, though, there's a good chance word will spread throughout the team at a pretty good pace.