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Ross injures left hamstring again

Aaron Ross was supposed to fill in for Corey Webster. But who'll fill in for Ross?

That's the question the Giants are asking now that Ross has been sidelined with another injury to his thrice-torn left hamstring. The fragile-legged cornerback had been playing safety after missing the first nine games of the season with his injuries, but he was expected to replace Webster on Monday night against the Redskins. Webster is battling a sprained left knee.

"I'm concerned," Tom Coughlin said of Ross on Friday. "It's too bad the English language can't allow for some other way to say that. I am concerned."

Ross injured the hamstring after practice Thursday. Teammates said he showed no sign of trouble when the workout ended. Kevin Dockery likely will start if neither Ross nor Webster can play (their availability will be categorized Saturday, but both could be a game-day decision). Rookie Bruce Johnson would remain in his nickel role.

"It'll definitely hurt to lose depth," Dockery said. "But whoever is called up, whoever has duty on Monday night, we just have to rise to the occasion at all costs."

Win and in?

Think the Giants are worried about the Cowboys blocking their path to the playoffs? They're treating a loss by Dallas in at least one of the last three games of the season as a given.

"We're in a good situation," Brandon Jacobs said. "We have an opportunity to win out and make the playoffs."

Dallas plays at New Orleans Saturday night, so when the Giants play Monday, they'll already know what's at stake.

Giant steps

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankles/foot) did not practice but is expected to work Saturday . . . Besides Shaun O'Hara's $15,000 fine from the Eagles game, C.C. Brown and Aaron Rouse were fined $5,000 each for late hits . . . RT Kareem McKenzie (knee) missed a second practice . . . WR Mario Manningham (illness) practiced.

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