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Antrel Rolle not at practice

Antrel Rolle looks on from the bench during

Antrel Rolle looks on from the bench during the second half of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. (Aug. 24, 2012) Credit: AP

Usually when something like this happens with a camera, Allen Funt is there to pop out and say it’s all a joke. This time, there’s no joke.

Antrel Rolle, who was limited in Wednesday’s practice and was seen limping in the locker room afterwards, was not on the field while the Giants practiced on Thursday. Rolle banged his left knee against a camera on the sideline while running after a pass in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s win over the Panthers. He was treated for a laceration and a bruise, and the Giants believed that he would not have to miss any time.

Now, with only one practice remaining before the game, it looks like he might be sidelined for the Eagles contest. That decision is still a few days away, but at the very least the Giants must be trying to figure out how to replace Rolle, who has not missed a game since late 2009 when he was with the Cardinals. It was as late as yesterday that Tom Coughlin was talking about Rolle's desire to be on the field and having to convince him to remain limited in the practice.

Rolle is just one of a few injury issues in the Giants’ secondary. Jayron Hosley, the rookie who has started and played nickel for them, did not practice for the second straight day due to a hamstring injury. Corey Webster is playing with a cast on his broken right hand. Michael Coe has been limited with a hamstring that’s been bugging him since training camp.

Who would have thought that the healthiest guy in the secondary at this point would be Prince Amukamara, the cornerback who they were waiting on to return from a high ankle sprain just a week ago.

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