Giants tight end Kevin Boss will work out Tuesday for...

Giants tight end Kevin Boss will work out Tuesday for the first time since suffering concussion symptoms and is hoping to play Sunday against Tennessee. (Sept. 13, 2010) Credit: Joe Rogate

Kevin Boss said he felt "helpless" watching Sunday night's game from his couch. He's hoping to take a big step off the recliner Tuesday.

Boss will exercise Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a concussion in the season opener against the Panthers. If he is asymptomatic following that workout, he should be cleared to return to practice Wednesday. Whether he will practice fully or be limited Boss did not know, but he expects to be on the field this week against the Titans on Sunday.

"I haven't had headaches for a while so I'm ready to go this week," the tight end said. "I'm doing better. I feel very good."

No head games for Phillips

When Kenny Phillips left the game against the Colts, it was announced that he suffered a "head" injury. Monday Phillips didn't even want to call it that. Likely because a head injury would be too close to a concussion, and a concussion (see above) means a litany of tests to return to the field.

"Just a little shaken up on the play," he said, describing the hit to the helmet he took from Joseph Addai on a tackle in the first quarter and his wobbly walk off the field. "It wasn't my knee. Just getting up from the play. Big collision, that's about it. I'm good."

Giant steps

Matt Dodge said he was pleased with his punting on Sunday, particularly a 38-yarder that D.J. Johnson downed at the 2. "That was kind of a confidence builder," he said of the first-quarter kick. After a more-than-shaky opening week, Dodge joked that he has some increased job security. "I haven't called my landlord yet," he said. "It's good pressure." . . . The Giants approved a measure that would allow NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to decertify the union if negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement are unsuccessful. If the union decertifies, it would preclude the league from locking the players out, since there would be no formal bargaining unit. Smith met with the Giants yeserday afternoon. Giants assistant player representative Kareem McKenzie said he is hopeful a new labor agreement can be reached before decertification . . . The Giants are 1-1 for the first time since 2006. They were 0-2 in 2007 and 2-0 in 2008 and 2009.

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