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Tuck, McKenzie return to Giants practice

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck during a game

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck during a game against the Falcons in 2009. Credit: Joe Rogate

In honor of Black Friday, the Giants took 33 percent off their injury report today.

They had six players not practicing on Thursday, but two of them returned to work today. Justin Tuck (ankle/shoulder) and Kareem McKenzie (toe) were both back on the field and taking snaps. They might wind up being limited, of course, and they’ll still be on the injury report when it comes out later. But at least they were practicing, which means they’re likely to play on Monday night.

The rest of the injured? I wouldn’t save a seat for them on the flight to New Orleans. Mario Manningham (knee) looked positively ragged walking off the field today and he missed a second straight day of practice. Derrick Martin (hamstring) was being stretched out but not running.

And the big two – Michael Boley and Ahmad Bradshaw – appear to be making some progress but remain, it seems, longshots for Monday night. This was the first time we saw Bradshaw outside at practice with the team, and he was doing some walking drills with trainers and riding the exercise bike. But he was doing nothing that looked close to running or jogging or cutting. As for Boley, he was jogging and doing a few things on the side, but he was not in pads and not practicing. My guess is he’ll be ready for the Packers game next week.

Oh, and if you still have that Will Blackmon No. 30 jersey from last year, it’ll need some updating. He’s wearing 36 in his second go-around with the team.
 

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