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Giants list Brown, Hillis as limited in practice

Giants running back Andre Brown (35) on the

Giants running back Andre Brown (35) on the sideline during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday in Pittsburgh. New York won 18-13. (Aug. 10, 2013) Credit: AP

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

Both Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis were listed as limited participants in yesterday's practice, an indication that both had cleared the NFL's concussion protocols and are on their way toward 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.

If Brown and Hillis are not able to play in the regular-season finale, the Giants will have 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.

Taylor to IR, Herman up

One Giant's rookie season ended, while another's began. The Giants placed S Cooper Taylor (hamstring) on injured reserve and called up G Eric Herman from the practice squad. Both were 2013 Giants' draft picks, Taylor in the fifth round and Herman in the seventh.

Giant steps

Other limited players 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 a 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), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) as not participating in the workout.

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