Peyton Hillis will be out for "a little while" with what the Giants are calling a sprained ankle but which might actually be a bit more than that.

"It's an ankle-foot kind of thing," Coughlin said. "It's a sprain, as far as I'm concerned. There is some language behind it. I think it's a sprain. The degree of which it takes to get him back out there, there's some speculation on that. I hope it's as fast as possible, but I don't know if that's the case."

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Whatever the issue is, Coughlin said he's OK with sticking with the four remaining healthy running backs -- Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Michael Cox, Kendall Gaskins -- plus the two fullbacks John Conner and Henry Hynoski who can each carry the ball.

"But," he said, "if this thing goes on and on with Hillis, then we would have to do something."