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Osi and Phillips? Giants are hopeful

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiorawalks of

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiorawalks of the field after the 36-25 loss to Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 9, 2011) Credit: Joe Epstein

Tom Coughlin is hoping that Osi Umenyiora (ankle) and Kenny Phillips (knee) improve enough to be able to play against the Redskins this week.

“We’re hoping, but we’re going to have to wait and see,” he said. “This stuff is day to day. You get excited and then you get a report and it’s not quite as positive as you thought it would be. We’ll wait. We’re early. We’ve got tomorrow and even treatment-wise Wednesday before we get on the field. Let’s just see how that plays out.”

Coughlin said David Baas (neck/headaches) is in a similar holding pattern.

As for those who played yesterday, Travis Beckum sounds like he might miss some time with an upper chest injury he sustained in the first half of the game. “Sternoclavicular,” Coughlin said, sounding the complicated word out deliberately.

“I think we’re going to have to see if he can play through some of the soreness that he has,” Coughlin said. “Hopefully that will happen.”

Two other players Coughlin mentioned as injured were Jake Ballard and David Diehl.

“Jake is going to be OK, he injured his wrist a little bit but they don’t believe it’s much,” Coughlin said. “Dave keeps hanging in there and pounding away. They may be a little bit restricted this week but they’ll definitely be ready to go.”

He said Diehl is playing with an “ongoing hand issue, but he’s battled and done well with it.”

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