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Baas' mystery ailment "much more serious than a headache"

An official checks on center David Baas at

An official checks on center David Baas at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 30, 2011. Credit: David Pokress

David Baas’ injury situation is not a take-two-aspirin-and-call-me-in-the-morning fix.

“It’s much more serious than a headache, obviously,” Tom Coughlin said today, when the Giants officially listed Baas on the injury report as having neck/intense headaches. When he had to be scratched from the game two hours before Sunday’s kickoffs, he was just listed with a headache.

“(Intense headaches) was the thing that he brought to the medical people on Sunday,” Coughlin said. “There’s a lot more to it than that … I really don’t have any information other than that.”

Baas is spending another day today working with the medical staff to get to the bottom of his issue. Coughlin did say that the neck was considered to be part of the headaches.

That would probably mean another week of Kevin Boothe at center and Mitch Petrus at left guard, the way the Giants lined up against the Packers on short notice.

They also added to their dwindling offensive line depth by signing free agent tackle Tony Ugoh and placing Stacy Andrews (blood clots in both lungs) on injured reserve. Ugoh was a second-round pick of the Colts in 2007 and played for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL this fall. Wonder if he came to the Giants with a letter of recommendation from Locos head coach Jim Fassel.

As for the other Giants at practice, there was a wide assortment of injuries and playing status. Kenny Phillips (knee) appeared to be doing quite a few exercises on the side even though he wasn’t practicing. Perhaps he’ll be back sooner than was originally thought. Coughlin said he is considered day-to-day.

Mario Manningham (knee) practiced for the first time in two weeks. Prince Amukamara (back) and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) appeared to be doing a few things in practice as well.

Amukamara’s absence on the final drive against the Packers has become something of a mystery. Coughlin said he was fatigued, but Amukamara said that he rolled his ankle in the third quarter and had complained of soreness in his surgically-repaired foot. So what does he wind up on the injury report with? A back injury, naturally.

“It’s been an issue with him from time-to-time,” Coughlin said. “Actually, as soon as he came back onto the field (after recovering from his broken foot) that started to be an issue. He does have some issues there, but he manages to play with it and we need him to contribute X amount of snaps every game.”

Michael Boley (hamstring) did not appear to be practicing. Neither did Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) or Dave Tollefson (knee). Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) was doing some running on the side. Mark Herzlich (ankle) and Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) were not spotted in the field house.

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