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Bradshaw not practicing; Osi, Koets and Phillips return to work

Osi Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora Photo Credit: Newsday/David Pokress

Ahmad Bradshaw's timing is off.

The starting running back with the sore ankle was not at practice during most of the portion open to the media. But as we were filing back inside, he came walking out wearing sneakers (no boot or big brace, which is a positive) and a hooded sweatshirt under his practice jersey.

Of course all of the cameras stopped in their tracks to snap pictures of him. Bradshaw did not look happy about that. Had Bradshaw waited about another minute, he could have quietly sneaked onto the practice field to watch practice without anyone knowing he was there.

As a serious matter, the Giants have to be concerned about Bradshaw's ankle. He said he practiced yesterday, but when the injury report came out we learned that he didn't. Then yesterday he also said he would be practicing today. He clearly was not.

Tomorrow he'll get his last chance to get some time on the field before the team leaves for Houston on Saturday. If not, as I wrote in today's paper, this is why they have kept Brandon Jacobs around.

Other injury news from practice: Adam Koets, who said he would return to practice today, was a man of his word and was back at center so the rest of the offensive line shifted back into place as well. If you need me to go through the alignment left to right, it was Diehl, Seubert, Koets, Snee and McKenzie.

Shaun O'Hara was not at practice, which is not unusual. There was a report that Guy Whimper was at the team's facility today, but I'm told that might have just been for a workout or a quick visit to make sure he is in shape. I t doesn't sound like the Giants will make a roster move today, but they certainly want to keep their options open to bring in another tackle since their only healthy backup at the position is former Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews who is, by many accounts, playbook-challenged at the moment.

Not to give all the credit to Koets for being honest, Kenny Phillips was also back on the field and practicing, just as he said he would be.

Osi Umenyiora was wearing a brace on both of his knees, but he was moving well in practice. At one point he was even verbally jabbing Justin Tuck about moving too slowly as they walked across the field.

Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) was not practicing but was riding a bike and on the field. Bear Pascoe, as noted, has been taking the fullback reps in his place. And Keith Bulluck, who stretched with the team yesterday but did not practice, was not on the field at all today as he battles turf toe.

Oh, and Mathias Kiwanuka was not there either. But we expected that.

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