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Coughlin awaiting No. 10, Brown and Cruz muff punts, and Nate Collins calculates the tip

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. (Jan. 4, 2010)

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. (Jan. 4, 2010) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A few notes on today’s practice:

Quite a few injured players returned to the field. Chris Canty and Jason Pierre-Paul were out there after sitting out last week with groin injuries (separate groin injuries, I should add). Canty did individual drills and it looked like some team drills before retiring and doing some running on the side. Travis Beckum returned from a neck injury and caught a few passes; he also dropped one that caused one of the coaches to yell about catching the ball. D.J. Ware cleared all of his concussion tests and was back to work. And Ramses Barden (back) was back and running routes. It looked like his gait was off a little bit, but that could have been from a protective pad he seemed to be wearing on his lower back.

In the banged-up secondary, Terrell Thomas (calf) and Michael Johnson (back) were back. And Chase Blackburn was doing some jogging on the side during practice, so he’s coming along.

Who wasn’t practicing? Chris Snee was attending to his wife during the birth of their third child. That would make it 10 grandchildren for Tom Coughlin, by the way. We didn’t ask him to name all of them Antonio Cromartie-style.

Kareem McKenzie was absent after missing Saturday’s game with a migraine. Sinorice Moss is undergoing further tests on his groin/abdominal/pelvic injury in Philadelphia today, and there is no word yet on how that is going. Gerris Wilkinson is still sore with a groin injury that he initially described as a cramp but Coughlin called a strain on Sunday. Jim Sorgi, as noted earlier, did not practice. And Aaron Ross and Shaun O’Hara remain casted up.

As for the actual practice, Tim Brown and Victor Cruz were having trouble fielding punts, muffing one after another. Mario Manningham was returning punts with them and having better luck handling the football. When it came to kickoff returns, Tim Brown was up first followed by Andre Brown and then D.J. Ware.

Keith Bulluck was with the first group at outside linebacker flanking Jonathan Goff. Kenny Phillips was taking some snaps with the first defense.

The revamped offensive line had Adam Koets at center, Guy Whimper and David Diehl on the left side and Rich Seubert and Will Beatty on the right side. Interesting that they moved Seubert from center to guard to replace Snee but didn’t move him back to his familiar left guard. Makes you believe that Whimper will be the left guard on Thursday and maybe even next Sunday while Seubert will be at center.

Osi Umenyiora had an interception against the scout team at the line of scrimmage, but the really nice play came from Nate Collins who tipped a ball in the air and intercepted it at the end of practice.

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