Of more concern to the Giants is the status of receivers Steve Smith and Mario Manningham, both of whose participation in Sunday's game against the Eagles appears to be in doubt. Smith, who had just returned from a four-week rehab of a pectoral injury, injured his hamstring when he was awkwardly tackled and jackknifed in the fourth quarter of the 21-3 win. Manningham suffered a hip flexor injury in the first half. Neither returned to the game.
Tom Coughlin did not have an update on either player Tuesday, noting only that they were "sore" and undergoing tests. If the Giants are without them, they will be back to relying on Derek Hagan, Michael Clayton and Devin Thomas.Coughlin said he's seen progress in those players, particularly the latter two who were new to the system. "I've seen them adapt and be more aware of what we're asking them to do," Coughlin said.
O'Hara getting close
Shaun O'Hara leads the NFC in fan voting for the Pro Bowl among centers even though he has played in only four games this season. He may have a chance to earn some of those ballots soon.
Coughlin said he expects the veteran center, who has missed the last six games with a foot injury, to "practice more and we'll go from there." O'Hara had been working on a very limited basis the last two weeks.
If O'Hara returns this week, the Giants could be back to fielding their initial starting offensive line for the first time since Oct. 25 and only the fifth time in 2010.
Not so special
Coughlin bemoaned the special teams coverage from Monday night, saying they "let us down."