First the bad news.
Not only was Shawn Andrews not on the field for practice today, neither was Aaron Ross. Now we know that Andrews is battling through some back issues that even required him to visit doctors yesterday. But we don’t yet know what happened to Ross. He was not on the injury report yesterday or at all this week, so anything I give you as of this moment on Ross is speculation.
Andrews didn’t practice at all last week and managed to play in the game against the Eagles. He did pretty well, too. Whether he’s able to pull off a similar feat this week, through the miracle of modern day pharmaceuticals, is yet to be determined. But the lesson from last week is that just because Andrews isn’t practicing doesn’t mean that he isn’t playing.
Now, the good news.
Will Blackmon was back on the field. He’d sat out Wednesday and Thursday with a chest injury. That’s important because he helps the struggling kickoff and punt return games, but if Ross is unable to play he’d step in and become the third cornerback.
Also, for the first time since their injuries, we saw Shaun O’Hara, David Diehl and Steve Smith in uniform on the field. Well, off to the side of the field, anyway. But they were out there and not holed up in the weight room. Not that they were doing much. Diehl was doing some running outside on the grass field and then mostly stretching. Smith was able to do some running too and calisthenics (which is no surprise since his injury is to his upper body). And O’Hara was riding the exercise bike and going up and down the flight of stairs that are off to the side of the practice field. Most people on the exercise bike are pretty casual about it. O’Hara peddled like he had somewhere to go.
A few other notes: Newly acquired WR Devin Thomas was wearing the unusual number 8 jersey, mostly because there were no other decent numbers left. That’s how banged up the Giants’ receivers are, that they’re running out of numbers! I wouldn’t expect Thomas to be dressed for the game on Sunday.
The Giants were working quite a bit on special teams in today’s practice. Could be a very important part of Sunday’s game.
Gerris Wilkinson doesn’t seem to have much of a cast left on his broken left hand. It seems as if just a few of his fingers are being held in place. Still, I’m not sure he gets back on the field because Phillip Dillard has been playing pretty well.
And if you missed it, here’s today’s story from the newspaper on Keith Bulluck, who has as many tackles this season as he was used to having in one or two games with the Titans. Playing against a familiar AFC South opponent that likes to run the ball should help get him more involved in the defense this week. But Bulluck wasn’t so sure about that.