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Mild MCL sprain could sideline Jacobs

Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants runs

Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford. (Aug. 22, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty

Brandon Jacobs missed a third straight practice today with a knee injury that has been described as a mild sprain of the MCL. ESPN first reported the specifics of the injury and a team source confirmed it. The diagnosis – along with the missed practice time – makes it unlikely that Jacobs will suit up and play against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Jacobs was non-committal about the subject when he spoke with reporters on Thursday. He did say that it was not the same knee as the one he had a torn meniscus repaired in in 2009, which was his left. It’s unclear how he injured the knee in the game against the Cardinals, but he said it occurred in the third quarter and he was taken down awkwardly on a 6-yard run with about 1:24 remaining in the period.

Tom Coughlin is expected to address Jacobs’ injury and availability today after practice.

Meanwhile, Jacobs is one of three key players who appear unlikely to play Sunday. Justin Tuck (neck/groin) was not practicing, although he did some running on the side. He could miss a second straight game and his third this season. And center David Baas was not participating in practice. He’s been out all week since missing the second half of the Cardinals game with a burner.

Prince Amukamara (foot) was also not practicing, but his projected return date has been pushed back past the bye week at the end of the month.

Osi Umenyiora (knee) and Rocky Bernard (ribs), both of whom have been limited all week, were practicing today.

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