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Ereck Flowers on injured ankle: 'I'm playing and I'm practicing'

Ereck Flowers #76 of the New York Giants

Ereck Flowers #76 of the New York Giants is held by Rashad Jennings #23 in the fourth quarter during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Getty Images / Ronald Martinez

Ereck Flowers has shown himself to be a man of few words. But the handful of syllables he delivered to Tom Coughlin on Tuesday caught the attention of the head coach.

Flowers was succinct when speaking with Coughlin about his ankle injury, saying simply: "I'm playing and I'm practicing."

"It's a breath of fresh air," Coughlin said. "Guy has an ankle? Yeah, well."

Flowers injured the ankle early in the Cowboys game, but did not miss any snaps. He was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice and is expected to work again on Thursday.

Meanwhile, other Giants sit. Wide receiver Victor Cruz is still sidelined by a calf injury and Coughlin said the medical staff is hesitant to "let him loose" running on the field despite some progress. Linebacker Jon Beason (knee) will do some drills on Thursday after missing Wednesday. Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa has tried to practice the last few days but has been forced out by a foot injury each time.

Then along comes Flowers and his reluctance to be held out.

Coughlin was asked if that kind of attitude is rare for a rookie.

"I don't know," he said. "But can we have a few more?"

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