Tom Coughlin ordered his Giants players and coaches away for the weekend to clear their heads and think about how they can turn the team around after an 0-6 start. But did the head coach follow his own advice and step away from football for a bit?

"I took a long walk on Saturday," he said. "I thought the leaves were nice. Someone told me they change this time of year."

Coughlin seemed as satisfied with his team's attitude upon its return as he was by the foliage.

"They came back and they jumped right into the meeting room, they jumped into the weight room," he said. "This has been a pretty good practice, so I think it was a nice break for them."

The players said they thought the break was beneficial, too, and they'll have another two days off before returning to work Thursday to prepare for Monday night's game against the 1-4 Vikings.

"I think it served us well just to go home and get away from the game," Antrel Rolle said.

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Time will tell whether the Giants can change like those leaves that Coughlin admired or if they end up bagged for compost.

Baas, Robinson backCenter David Baas (neck) has not been cleared to practice, but Coughlin said he is "close." Baas stretched with the team and did some drills Monday. He has said he hopes to play Monday.

Also practicing for the first time since training camp was tight end Adrien Robinson (foot), although it's unlikely he'll be back for Monday's game after missing so much time. "He's just starting [to practice]," Coughlin said.

Giant stepsThe Giants remain fully aware of their status in the NFC East after wins by the Cowboys and Eagles on Sunday put them three games off the lead. "We know we're a little bit closer to where we need to be and we know we're still in the hunt with no wins," Brandon Jacobs said . . . Cornerback Corey Webster (groin), safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) and cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) did not practice.