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Osi plays potatoes, Tuck takes his bike

Justin Tuck did not practice today, but Tom Coughlin did not seem to be too concerned about it. “He’s made good progress both days so we’re encouraged by that part,” he said.

Tuck is out with a groin/neck injury, although Coughlin would not say which is more responsible for holding him out.

As for Osi Umenyiora, he was practicing. “There will be (limitations), but he’s out there,” Coughlin said. “I don’t think he thinks of it as any kind of limitation.”

Tomorrow will be a big test for Umenyiora and how much swelling he gets in his knee after practicing. At least Tuck was keeping his exercise bike warm for him today, just in case.

When we saw him, it looked as if Osi was taking part in all of the drills. He even finished in third place among the defensive linemen in their pre-practice game of “hot potato” with the football. Jason Pierre-Paul wound up winning.

Mario Manningham, cleared to return to practice yesterday, was on the field and looked fine. The other player who we watched as far as injuries was Prince Amukamara. Coughlin said today that he still has “a ways” before he’s ready to go, but the rookie cornerback was running on the field as he has been doing for a week or so.

The question, of course, is what Amukamara will be able to do and where he’ll fit in once he can return to practice. The Giants have seen this kid practice only once since they drafted him, so it will be difficult to gauge how they’ll be able to use his talents when they don’t know exactly what his talents are.

“We’ll have to put him on the field and find out what he can do,” Coughlin said. “He’s not going to just walk out there. That didn’t work, remember?”

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