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'Gimpy' Ereck Flowers may not be ready for Giants vs. Bills; Dallas Reynolds could be extra blocker

Ereck Flowers #76 of the New York Giants

Ereck Flowers #76 of the New York Giants is tended to by the training staff in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Al Bello

Those hallelujahs about the Giants being healthy at the beginning of the week have faded after just one practice.

Not only was Victor Cruz unable to even get to the team portion of Wednesday's workout, but Tom Coughlin said defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. had a setback with his hamstring about three-quarters of the way through practice, and he called left tackle Ereck Flowers "gimpy" because of his ankle injury.

The Giants won their first game of the season last week without Ayers and Flowers [and Cruz for that matter], but that's not how they would prefer to go through the season.

The conundrum with Flowers is deciding which scenario gives the Giants their best chance against a ferocious Bills defensive line: A limited rookie who may be their most talented lineman or a fully healthy replacement that, on paper, weakens the strength of the unit.

"We'll see where he is," Coughlin said of Flowers, who will practice on Thursday. "If it's possible and we get to the point where we feel confident that he can do it, then he plays."

Further clouding the blocking situation is the status of Daniel Fells, their best blocking tight end. He'll miss a second straight practice Thursday with a foot injury, but Coughlin seems convinced he'll play on Sunday.

If Fells and Flowers can't play on Sunday, the Giants' best blocking tight end could be: Dallas Reynolds.

He's the backup center and guard who took a few reps as an extra blocker against Washington last week and could find himself back in that role this week against the Bills. With the nasty defensive line that the Bills have, the more big bodies the Giants can line up against them the better.

"I go where they need me, you know?" Reynolds said.

The Giants have used the extra blocker lineup throughout the years. In the first two weeks of this season they did it by kicking guard Geoff Schwartz to the outside and replacing him with John Jerry. Last week, though, Jerry was already starting at guard and so Reynolds had to do the job. He was one of the blockers on Andre Williams' 1-yard touchdown run.

"You like being on the field and being able to help where you can," he said.

"It brings back the old college days of playing tackle," he said of being on the outside. "In the end you're trying to block your man and get positive yards. When it's all said and done you just have to do your job whether you are outside or inside."

Of course that extra blocker position does come with a possible perk. Whoever lines up there is an eligible receiver. Reynolds laughed at the thought of the Giants throwing a pass in his direction.

"Yeah," he said when he finished his laughing. "That would be nice, but I'm not planning on it."

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