Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants tries to get...

Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants tries to get away from DeJon Gomes of the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium.(December 18, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Back from practice with some exciting news: Ahmad Bradshaw was able to do at least some of the drills and exercises during the early portion of the workout. Whether he takes any team reps later in the practice – those are how a player is determined to have been limited, full or out of practice – remains to be seen. But that he was up and around on his cracked foot is certainly a good sign.

So too is Justin Tuck practicing. We already knew he was going to because he wasn’t listed on the pre-practice injury report (although sometimes there are changes to it). So the two guys who missed practices last week and still played in the game on Sunday were practicing today. I’m not pointing to anyone in particular, but someone will be happy to see that. No, not Antrel. I’m talking in general.

So who wasn’t practicing? Four guys by my count, two of them in the fieldhouse with the team and two who were not. Jake Ballard and Mario Manningham were riding the bikes and doing some work on the side (catching, mostly). Osi Umenyiora and Mark Herzlich were no where to be seen. Tom Coughlin did say that Herzlich is doing some running on a treadmill, so he may be close. Whether he runs out of time in the season to come back is up for debate.

David Baas, who missed a few weeks with a neck injury that was causing severe headaches and other discomforts and dangers, was practicing. Coughlin said he practiced yesterday, too, but would not commit to his immediate return to the starting lineup.

As for the tight ends, both Brea Pascoe (ribs) and Travis Beckum (chest) were doing some work. They might be limited. Derrick Martin (back) and Devin Thomas (neck) were also practicing.

One interesting note: The Giants had crowd noise piped into their practice today. They are, afterall, the “road” team on Saturday. Or maybe they just wanted to drown out all of Rex’s comments.

“Talk is cheap, play the game,” Coughlin said today.

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