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Ross inactive against 'Skins

LANDOVER, Md. - On Friday it looked like Aaron Ross would not play. On Saturday it looked like he would. But last night, when the Giants faced the Redskins, the status of Ross that has been blinking on and off like Christmas lights all week was finally determined. Ross was inactive after being listed as "questionable" on the last injury report.

The veteran cornerback had missed the first nine games of the season with hamstring tears, and when he returned to the field he was playing safety. But with Corey Webster already ruled out for the game during the week, it was expected that Ross would start in his place.

Ross was looking forward to returning to cornerback.

"That's my natural position, so any time I get a chance to switch back there I'm very excited," Ross said on Saturday.

Kevin Dockery started at corner opposite Terrell Thomas. Bruce Johnson came in as a nickel back and CB D.J. Johnson - claimed off the Broncos' practice squad last month - dressed for his first NFL game.

Other shake-ups

Besides Ross sitting, there were a few other surprises in the Giants' lineup. RB D.J. Ware was inactive and replaced by RB Gartrell Johnson. And TE Darcy Johnson sat out, replaced by Bear Pascoe (who caught a pass on the first play).

Also inactive for the Giants were Ramses Barden, Adam Koets and Sinorice Moss.

Giant steps

RG Rich Seubert left after the first drive with a right leg injury and was replaced by Kevin Boothe . . . WR Hakeem Nicks started for the second straight game after leapfrogging Mario Manningham on the depth chart . . . DT Rocky Bernard returned to the active roster after being benched last week . . . DE Justin Tuck said that the Giants' practices this week had playoff intensity.

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