I know you've heard this before, but I really mean it this time:
This may be the week we see both Ramses Barden and Prince Amukamara.
“He’s going to get pushed a little harder this week,” Tom Coughlin said of Barden, who is still on the PUP list but practicing with the team. “He practiced probably 50 percent of the time last week and we’ll see if he can continue, along with Prince. Prince will get a little bit more this week, too.”
The Giants will need them. Hakeem Nicks is fighting through a hamstring injury and Mario Manningham missed practice today (believed to be an illness), so Barden would immediately become an important piece in the passing game. And the Giants lost cornerback Justin Tryon to a season-ending wrist injury on Sunday, so Amukamara could be needed to bolster the secondary.
Interestingly, the Giants have not made a roster move to replace Tryon. That signals that they plan on activating Barden by the end of the week and using Amukamara at corner and on special teams.
As for the rest of practice, the Giants were without their leading receiver and their leading rusher. Nicks is “day to day” with his hamstring while Coughlin said Ahmad Bradshaw is suffering from soreness and swelling in his foot.
Osi Umenyiora did not practice, but Coughlin said that was a pre-scheduled rest for his knee. He’s also listed with a shoulder ailment, but Coughlin did not seem overly worried about that.
A few other guys who did not practice today were Stacy Andrews (back) and David Baas (knee). Justin Tuck was practicing, and so was Henry Hynoski, who has missed the last several weeks with a burner in his neck.