While most of the attention at practice was on Brandon Jacobs returning to the Giants, perhaps a more significant return was occurring just a few yards away.
David Baas was practicing with the team.
Baas missed the opener while recovering from a sprained MCL and was on the practice field for the first time since that injury today. If he plays on Sunday it could mean a return to normal (or somewhat normal) on the offensive line with him at center and Kevin Boothe back at guard. Rookie Justin Pugh would still be at right tackle.
I should note that Baas was being attended to by trainers when we had to leave practice, although it did not appear to be anything urgent and might have been an equipment issue or something that needed fixing on the brace on his left knee. We’ll find out more later.
Meanwhile, the Giants have some concerns (Coughlin’s word, not mine) about their numbers at linebacker. Dan Connor left the game against the Cowboys with a burner and did not practice today. That leaves the Giants with only four healthy linebackers. Coughlin did note that the team added Emmanuel Acho (gesundheit) to the practice squad.
Also not practicing was Prince Amukamara, who suffered a concussion on Sunday. But the cornerback was running and stretching on a side field with his helmet on and seems to be as close to being cleared to return as a concussed person can be without actually returning. Coughlin did not seem concerned about Amukamara’s readiness for Sunday and it would be surprising if he isn’t practicing tomorrow.
A few other injury notes: David Diehl continues to take phantom reps with the offensive linemen and do some running on the side. His thumb remains protected post-surgery and he’s still a few weeks away from a return … Damontre Moore (shoulder) was practicing … Adrien Robinson (foot) stretched and ran with the team during warmups but was on the side rehabbing his sprained foot during the drills that we saw.