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Giants DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows Eagles will test him

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #21 looks on during

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #21 looks on during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 5, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows it's coming.

After missing several series over the last two games with a leg injury and being listed as limited in Giants practice Wednesday, the cornerback said he figures the Eagles will want to test him early in Sunday night's game.

"That's part of the game," he said. "I don't mind. I know it's going to come. You just have to be prepared."

Rodgers-Cromartie said he will be. Despite dealing with an injury that affects everything from his ankle up to his hip -- including his knee, which is what he had tests on Monday -- he insisted he was running "full speed" at practice. He said the worst part of the injury is the IT band that runs down the side of his leg. "[That] tends to get tight on me and I have to stretch it out a little bit," he said.

When he is not on the field, Rodgers-Cromartie is replaced by Zack Bowman in the secondary. He said he doesn't think the injury will linger throughout the season.

"It should get better with treatment," he said. "Keep coming in in the mornings. As long as I'm out there practicing, I'm good."

Coughlin stirs the drink?

The Giants are 33-8 in October in Tom Coughlin's 11 seasons as coach and Eli Manning has a higher winning percentage in the month than any starting quarterback in NFL history. Why the success?

"I planned that all out for years and years," Coughlin said. "I wanted to be known as Mr. October. Reggie Jackson is a good friend of mine."

Giant steps

WR Odell Beckham Jr. was not on the injury report and was listed as a full participant in a Giants practice for the first time in his career. "We'll still bring him along, increasing his number of snaps," Coughlin said. "We're going to be very sure that we don't do something foolish with him. But as far as I'm concerned, he's ready to practice" . . . LB Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) and RB Rashad Jennings (knee) were the only Giants who did not practice. LB Jon Beason (foot/toe) and P Steve Weatherford (ankle) were limited . . . Eagles starting inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (groin) missed a second straight practice.


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