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Justin Pugh returns to Giants practice earlier than expected

Giants lineman Justin Pugh speaks to the media.

Giants lineman Justin Pugh speaks to the media. Credit: James Escher

The Giants may be getting their most consistent offensive lineman back a week earlier than many expected.

Guard Justin Pugh, who has not played since suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of the Nov. 6 game against the Eagles, returned to practice on Wednesday. Pugh participated with a large brace on his left knee but seemed able to handle all of the drills and stretches the rest of the team performed during the portion of practice open to the media.

The development means Pugh could be available for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He was expected to miss three to four weeks with a sprained MCL.

Pugh’s return would come at a good time for the Giants since his two main backups, Brett Jones and Marshall Newhouse, also are injured. Jones, who injured his calf early in the game against the Bengals, was not on the field for practice on Wednesday. Newhouse, who injured his knee on Sunday against the Bears (but returned to the game), was working on the side with trainers during practice.

The other big injury watch for the Giants this week is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed Wednesday due to a knee issue. JPP was on the field watching practice but not participating in any stretching or drills.

Others on the injury report include WR Dwayne Harris (wrist), who was participating, and WR Roger Lewis Jr. (concussion), who was not.

Odell Beckham Jr., who appeared to injure his finger late in Sunday’s game against the Bears, was not on the injury report and appeared to be a full participant in practice.

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