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Status quo on Kiwi, Coughlin willing to wait for the right answer

New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (94)

New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (94) reacts after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young during the first quarter of an NFL football game. (Sept. 26, 2010) Credit: AP

Mathias Kiwanuka was hoping to come back from California with answers. Apparently he has not.

“I don’t think anything has changed,” Tom Coughlin said of the defensive end who is battling a bulging disc in his neck and flew to Los Angeles earlier this week to be examined by neck specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. “I don’t have anything at this point to tell you other than he traveled to LA and he came back. The information I get is there has been no change.”

That means more waiting and seeing for Kiwanuka, who says he’s feeling better. Of course, the last time Coughlin said there was nothing to report on Kiwanuka, he wound up running and doing agility drills on the side later that day. Kiwanuka was not at practice today, but that might have been because the team was using the field house where space is at a premium.

“It is difficult for everyone, the player as well, because the player starts to feel better,” Coughlin said. “He feels better, the symptoms aren’t there. Why can’t I go? What’s the issue here? Everyone looks and says that perhaps he -- not just Mathias but any player under those circumstances -- maybe he can practice, maybe he can play. The frustration is that it’s not something that you can see with the naked eye.”

Coughlin seemed willing to wait, at least a little longer, to see if the disc recedes on its own.

“You hope for a positive (answer),” Coughlin said. “If it takes a little bit more time to get the answer you want to hear, then so be it.”


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