Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that he wasn’t too worried about Dave Tollefson’s knee because he’s tough and would find a way to play if he could. Coughlin also has another reason to believe Tollefson will play: Tollie’s mom.
Yes, Debra Crocker, the no-nonsense matriarch who raised the Giants’ defensive end as a single parent and has been a verbal inspiration to him throughout his career, is once again the push behind getting her son back onto the field.
“My mom always used to say, ‘Unless you’re bleeding to death or something’s sticking out of your skin, get your --- back in there,’” Tollefson said. “So I’m fine.”
In fact he did return to practice today. He was the only one of the vast list of players who did not practice on Wednesday but returned to action today. Tomorrow the Giants expect Michael Boley, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to be back in the mix.
Tollefson, whose left knee was swollen after the game against the Packers on Sunday, said there was actually some points when he thought he might not be able to play against the Cowboys.
“I was concerned early in the week,” he said, “but as the week has gone by, it’s improved dramatically.”
All it needed was some mothering.