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Williams out again, Bradshaw and Baas return

San Francisco 49ers' Kyle Williams (10) fumbles as

San Francisco 49ers' Kyle Williams (10) fumbles as he is hit by New York Giants' Jacquian Williams (57) during overtime of the NFC Championship NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. The Giants won 20-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVI. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Here’s a reason to be mildly concerned about the Giants’ injury situation:

Not only has Jacquian Williams not practiced yesterday or today, but he has not been seen near the field during those workouts. Injured players normally will spend practice time near the stationary bikes or doing stretches or drills with trainers off to the side. Williams has not even been doing that. Ostensibly he is inside receiving treatment for a foot injury which has not yet been clarified, likely trying to keep his weight off it.

Hmm. At least if Williams has to cover Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who reportedly missed practice up in New England today with an ankle injury, they’ll be on the same footing. Or poor footing.

Anyway, a few positives after that gloomy opener. Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was stretching and doing some work with the team and Chase Blackburn (calf) and David Baas (neck) were both practicing fully. All three of them missed practice on Thursday. Still sidelined for the Giants were Corey Webster (hamstring), Hakeem Nicks (ankle/shoulder) and Will Blackmon (knee).

Perhaps the most interesting part of practice – from my perspective anyway – was that NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was on the sideline and at one point Antrel Rolle came over and gave him a robust handshake. The two of them had a long conversation with lots of smiles. You may recall that a few weeks back, after the first game against the Cowboys, Rolle railed against Collinsworth and other commentators who do not know what they are talking about after Collinsworth noted that Rolle was “barbecued” on a Dez Bryant touchdown.

Apparently they’ve patched things up. Maybe over some some good barbecued food.

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