Mark Herzlich had to fire up a generator at home to do some extra video study of the Steelers. The work may be well worth it if Herzlich, the second-year Giants linebacker/special-teamer, gets his first start of the season on Sunday in place of Chase Blackburn, who left Sunday's 29-24 win over the Cowboys with a hamstring injury.

"This is a big week for our team and for me especially," Herzlich said. "If I get a chance to get out there and start, I'll make the most of it."

After Blackburn went out, Michael Boley had the defensive play-caller's helmet that the middle linebacker normally gets. Herzlich said he's ready to make the calls if he starts and coach Tom Coughlin has faith, but still hedged a bit about his plans.

"We try to match as we match their personnel," Coughlin said of the Steelers. "Their Number 1 personnel group is three wide receivers."

Brown gets honor

S Stevie Brown earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after his fifth interception of the season and second fumble recovery (first on defense) in Sunday's win. His reward? A possible return to being a backup, with Kenny Phillips (knee) possibly returning to practice and S Antrel Rolle (concussion) hopeful of being cleared to work before Sunday.

"It's just my role," Brown said. "If that's my role, that's my role. I'm here to do what I can to help."

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Rolle was officially diagnosed with a concussion, but Coughlin seemed upbeat about Rolle's return to practice later this week.


Bradshaw, Baas sit

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and C David Baas (ankle/elbow) sat out practice, as did LBs Keith Rivers (calf) and Jacquian Williams (knee) and TE bear Pascoe (ankle). WR Hakeem Nicks was not on the injury report and practiced after missing time with knee and foot injuries.