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Crisis at running back averted: Brown and Hillis return to practice field

Andre Brown tries to get around the tackle

Andre Brown tries to get around the tackle of Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions during a second quarter run at Ford Field. (Dec. 22, 2013) Credit: Getty

The Giants’ crisis at running back has been downgraded to a concern.

Both Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis were listed as limited participants in Wednesday’s practice, an indication that both had cleared the NFL’s concussion protocols and are on their way towards being available on Sunday against the Redskins.

The Giants didn’t have a full practice, just a jog-through. The injury report is a projection based on what the players would have been able to do had there been a full practice.

Had Brown and Hillis not been able to play in the regular-season finale, the Giants might have had to turn to rookie Michael Cox, fullback John Conner, or even tight end Bear Pascoe as their emergency ball-carriers. Hillis suffered his concussion in the Week 15 loss to the Seahawks and missed last week’s game against the Lions. Brown suffered his concussion in overtime of the Lions game.

Other would-be limited players at the Giants’ would-be practice included DT Cullen Jenkins (knee/shin) and G David Diehl (knee). Diehl missed Sunday’s win over the Lions. The Redskins game figures to be his last as Giant after 11 seasons with the organization, making him the longest-serving player on the team.

The Giants listed WR Victor Cruz (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), G Brandon Mosley (hand), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), TE Adrien Robinson (knee), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) as not participating in the workout.

As for the Redskins, who practiced on Tuesday but were off on Wednesday, they had three players on their imaginary participation report: LB Brian Orakpo (groin) was limited while DE Ryan Kerrigan (wrist) and Amityville’s Darrel Young (hamstring) were listed as full participants.

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