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Ross joins Webster on the sideline

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: Roy Williams

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against Corey Webster #23 and Bruce Johnson #25 of the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 6, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/Jim McIsaac

Bad news for the Giants' secondary today as Aaron Ross was not participating in practice. The cornerback who became a safety and was turning back into a cornerback was not in shells, did not stretch, and was standing among the injured players by the exercise bikes during practice.

That he was standing next to Corey Webster made it even worse. We figured Ross would step into the starting job at cornerback if Webster could not play on Monday night. Now that plan might be about to be crumpled up and basketball shot into a wastepaper basket.

We don't know the Ross injury yet, although on Monday he said he had a sore back. He also said at that time that his hamstrings felt great. Webster is out with a sprained knee and is still considered day-to-day, but remember that's a status that Chris Canty held for about a month and half earlier this year.

So if neither Ross nor Webster can play, who will? Terrell Thomas becomes their primary cornerback and Bruce Johnson and Kevin Dockery will probably play the other side or the nickel. They also have D.J. Johnson, the player they picked up off the Broncos' practice squad during the bye.

Someone (jokingly, I think) suggested the Giants get on the phone with R.W. McQuarters. Hmm. Imagine a guy being an honorary captain in one game and an active cornerback in the very next game. Wonder if that's ever happened.

As for the rest of practice, Bradshaw was on the sideline with Webster and Ross and while Kareem McKenzie did some stretching with the team -- or really just off to the side of the team -- he did not practice. Justin Tuck had to have his ailing left shoulder re-wrapped during drills, but he came back and was working with it. He even did a drill designed to strip-sack the throwing arm of a quarterback, and did it with the bum wing.

Mario Manningham was also back at practice after being sent home from school yesterday with an illness. He was fielding punts for the scout team.

(Photo: Getty Images / Jim McIssac)

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