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Tynes sprains ankle, might kick; Dodge ready to step in

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes has a sprained ankle

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes has a sprained ankle and could miss Sunday's game. (Sept. 26, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

Among the anticipated perils of professional football, Friday's injury to Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes would not appear to be typical.

"Evidently," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, "he sprained his ankle. How'd it happen? He put his foot down. Plant leg."

The usual NFL ambulance-chasing revealed that linebacker Keith Bulluck (turf toe), center Shaun O'Hara (ankle/Achilles), safety Kenny Phillips (knee) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) all were able to participate in the team's light workout.

Not that the availability of any of those four was entirely clear for Sunday's home game against the Detroit Lions. "We'll see, we'll see," Coughlin said.

And now, against 1-4 Detroit, loser of 23 consecutive road games, Tynes' presence could become an issue. He was sent off the field immediately after twisting his left ankle and rookie punter Matt Dodge was assigned to extra-point practice.

"Dodge has done that," Coughlin said. "He's kicked long [kickoffs]. We have some flexibility there."

Tynes - 13-for-13 on extra-point attempts and 5-for-8 on field-goal tries this season - was not available after practice, though Dodge said "he just walked in here. He doesn't look like he's hobbling at all, so I'm encouraged, for sure."

Besides, Dodge said, he not only kicked off for East Carolina but also had one extra point and one field-goal attempt in college. "I hit the extra point," he said. "I missed the field goal. It was 40-something [yards]. I pulled it. It was bad." On Friday, he "just went in there and banged a couple of balls to make sure you still can do it," he said. "Just a couple of warm-ups. I'll be OK."

As will the Giants, Coughlin indicated. "You're not going to make it in this league without quality depth," he said, "and the ability to continue to make progress on a weekly basis, despite the fact a guy might miss a game, or even more than one game, and the other guys can pick it up and go, and understand they have a bigger role, those things are part of it."

Notes & quotes: Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster had no interest in challenging former Giants safety C.C. Brown's comments in Friday's Detroit Free Press that "you never know what you're going to get" from Giants quarterback Eli Manning, whether "he's going to come in and make bad decisions . . . " "All the words he's saying, you've got to eat 'em up; I wish him the best," Thomas said. Webster said: "I still love C.C., still talk to him. I wish him the best." Manning was not available for comment.

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