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Boley runs but remains cautious

Michael Boley tackles Miami Dolphins running back Reggie

Michael Boley tackles Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush. (Oct. 30, 2011) Credit: Joe Epstein

Michael Boley did some running on the side at practice today, but it sounds as if he is going to be very cautious about pushing his still sore hamstring to play on Monday night.

“I just have to test it,” he said. “If I don’t feel it then I won’t be able to play. I don’t want to put myself in a position where I can hurt the team or hurt myself. I’d rather miss another week than miss a few more weeks.”

Boley said he was able to “stride out some” during his running and said he felt better. But he knows that can all go away if he rushes back too quickly.

“Hamstrings are tricky,” he said. “You can think you feel better and get out there and pull it again. That’s not what I want … For a hamstring, you should take your time with it. The more you try to push yourself too early you’re just going to set yourself back.”

Boley said he has had a hamstring injury before, in 2006, but that was at the end of the season so he doesn’t really know how long it will take him to come back. For that previous injury, he had all offseason.

As for Mario Manningham, the receiver who may or may not have suffered a setback with his knee injury (“It depends on what you call a setback,” Tom Coughlin said), he insists that missing two days of practice so far this week will not keep him from playing on Monday night.

“I’m going to be good to go on Monday,” he said. “My knee has just been a little sore the last couple weeks but I am going to be good to go.”

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