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Henry Hynoski off PUP list, but he isn't fully back just yet

Giants' Henry Hynoski celebrates his team's third quarter

Giants' Henry Hynoski celebrates his team's third quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 5, 2012. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Henry Hynoski took a big step toward being ready for the Giants' opener.

The fullback was taken off the physically unable to perform list Thursday, three months to the day after suffering an injury to his medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in his left knee in the Giants' first organized team activities. Since the injury occurred, he's targeted the Cowboys game on Sept. 8 for his return.

"He said he'd be in here and here he is," coach Tom Coughlin said. "A couple of weeks to go, and here he is."

But Hynoski was quick to note that he isn't ready for Week 1 yet. "I'm hoping for it," he said. "That's my goal, but if it takes to Week 2 or 3, that's fine."

Hynoski seems unlikely to play in the preseason. Thursday, in his first active practice, he did barely more than he did while on PUP. The main difference was some individual drills with teammates, but he stood to the side during all of the team reps.

Still, Hynoski said it was nice to shed the PUP label. "It feels good," he said. "I'm very happy to be out here with my teammates and just get out here moving around and doing some things . . . I received a lot of good response today."

Rolle on the field

Antrel Rolle didn't participate in much of practice, but he did make his first appearance in the secondary since spraining an ankle early last week. Rolle, who is not expected to play Saturday, participated in some drills that worked on fits and schemes. He was not with the defense during any of the team drills.

Giant steps

A day after noting that CB Corey Webster suffered an MCL strain, Coughlin expressed guarded optimism that Webster will be back for the opener . . . Coughlin said the starters will play about a half Saturday, with some perhaps playing into the third quarter . . . Eli Manning seemed unconcerned about the changes on the offensive line: "A lot of times I don't even look at the offensive line. I know they're there and I trust that they're going to protect me."

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