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Ross might end up back at cornerback Monday night

While he's been playing safety these last few weeks, Aaron Ross has been telling everyone who will listen that he's still a cornerback. On Monday he might get his chance to prove it.

With starting corner Corey Webster missing practice with a sprained knee and considered "day-to-day," Ross will likely take Webster's place should he be unable to play against the Redskins. The return of safety Michael Johnson allows the Giants some flexibility in the secondary.

Webster is still holding out hope of playing Monday, though. He said his knee is feeling better each day and he continues to receive treatment on the injury. "We're working on it every day to try to get it right," Webster said Thursday. "If I keep on making the improvements I've been making, at the beginning of the week I think I'll be OK."

O'Hara not fine with fine

C Shaun O'Hara said he will "emphatically" appeal a $15,000 fine that the league assessed him for his part in a melee near the end of last Sunday's game. Eagles DE Trent Cole also was fined $15,000 but he was ejected for punching O'Hara.

"It was a very physical game and there was a lot going on, a lot of things that escalated up to that point," O'Hara said. "The one thing I will say is that I'm always going to stick up for myself and stick up for my teammates."

O'Hara figured he'd get tagged by the NFL, but was "shocked" by the amount of the fine. "It's bass ackwards," O'Hara said of the fine and appeal process. "You're guilty until proven innocent."

Giant steps

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankles/feet) did not practice and WR Mario Manningham (illness) was sent home before practice . . . After failing to pick up a live ball last Sunday, the first time a ball hit the turf at practice it was scooped up and returned by the defense, even though it was 5 yards out of bounds . . . The Giants have lost three straight road games and a loss on Monday would be the most in a row since 2004, when Eli Manning was a rookie.

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