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Boley not full speed, but on pace for Sunday

New York Giants outside linebacker Michael Boley gets

New York Giants outside linebacker Michael Boley gets his hand on the wrist of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to cause him to fumble in the third quarter. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: AP

Michael Boley was able to practice with the team for the first time since he injured his hamstring and he said he feels he is on course to play Sunday against the Packers.

“They’ve been clowning me all day: ‘Look at the new guy. We’ve got a new guy in the huddle,’” Boley said. “It’s pretty fun.”

What hasn’t been fun is that the Giants have not won a game since Boley left late in the second quarter of the 49ers loss. He emerged as one of the most important players on defense at the start of the season, making all fo the calls and checks and not missing a snap until he was hurt. Now, with the season on the verge of spiraling out of control, he appears ready to return.

“We’re very hopeful about him,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said.

Boley still hasn’t “opened it up” though and his role in practice was taking a few reps in some drills. He did say, however, that getting through the day was “a big relief.”

“I haven’t had too many hamstring problems but I heard that they are really tricky,” he said. “They can be good one day and not so good the next. To come out today and get some work was pretty good.”

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