A couple of notes from the portion of practice we were allowed to watch today:
First of all, C Shaun O’Hara was not on the field. He was spotted during the practice session wearing a protective walking boot. Whether this means he has suffered a setback or if the team just wants him to get a few more days of rest we won’t know until we talk with Tom Coughlin a little later. But it’s certainly never good to have a player inside getting treatments and not on the field.
Taking just the opposite trajectory is Will Beatty, who was on the field for the first time since he broke a bone in his foot. He stretched with the team and didn’t participate in any team drills, but he was able to do some jogging on the side and did some agility drills. He might be a week or two away from coming back into the rotation.
New guy Will Blackmon was on the practice field for the first time, wearing No. 30. He was returning punts for the scout team along with Aaron Ross and Mario Manningham. Darius Reynaud? He was off to the side during that portion of practice working on some gunner skills. At one point he came up a bit gimpy with a twisted ankle. I suppose if I knew I might be cut by the end of the week, I’d start feeling some injuries myself.
Gerris Wilkinson was practicing with a cast on his left hand. Madison Hedgecock was on the field doing some running and drills. So was Keith Bulluck and Hakeem Nicks, both of whom seem to have used the bye week wisely to recover from their nagging ailments. And with O’Hara out, the Giants had Adam Koets and the still PUPped-up Kevin Boothe working on snapping the ball to the quarterbacks. They have until next week to decide on Boothe’s future, and it could mean and early end to the Giants career of either Reynaud or Jamon Meredith if they decide to activate him.