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Jennings to play against Titans after testing ankle

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings drags

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings drags Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Demetrius McCray and Sherrod Martin into the end zone for a touchdown an NFL game at EverBank Field on Nov. 30, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo Credit: AP / Stephen B. Morton

Nashville -- Giants running back Rashad Jennings will play in Sunday’s game against the Titans after stretching and testing his sprained ankle in pregame warmups, but rookie Andre Williams is still expected to carry most of the workload against the league’s worst rushing defense.

Jennings only practiced once this week and it was on a limited basis on Friday. The Giants also have Nashville native Orleans Darkwa in their backfield if either Jennings or Williams is unable to finish the game. The plan, though, is to stick with Williams as much as possible.

“Andre, God willing, I hope he stays out there,” Tom Coughlin said this week. “That’ll take care of a lot of it.”

The Giants had only six inactive players because they have only 52 players on their 53-man roster. They had already ruled out half of them before making the trip: LB Mark Herzlich, T James Brewer and LB Jacquian Williams all stayed home with concussions. The other three inactives are CB Jayron Hosley, G Eric Herman and RB Chris Ogbannaya.

Justin Pugh returns to the starting lineup at right tackle after missing two games. Cullen Jenkins also returns, but he could wind up starting at defensive end depending on what defensive alignment the Giants use to open the game.

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