August 14, 2008 New York Giants Training Camp Reports: To see the latest BBI training camp reports, please visit the Training Camp section of the website.
Giants’ Beat Writer Practice Reports: The following are brief practice reports provided by the NY/NJ beat writers who cover the Giants.
Injury Report – Top Three Giants’ Receivers Still Ailing: WR Plaxico Burress (ankle/feet) practiced again on a limited basis, but was held out of team drills. WR Amani Toomer (knee) and WR Steve Smith (groin), the Giants’ #2 and #3 receivers, did not practice either. Both have been bothered throughout camp with nagging injuries. Also continuing to miss practice are WR Mario Manningham (quad) and WR David Tyree (PUP – knee).
“(Burress) has been out there two days,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He has run some routes and done some individual (drills). That is pretty much what he has done. It is a step in the right direction.”
Burress says he will be ready by opening night against the Redskins. “I will be,” said Burress. “My whole thing is for me to get healthy. I don’t think me going out and playing in one or two preseason games is going to be that much of a factor or prevent me from doing anything or performing on opening night. For me, it’s all about being healthy. I’m not worrying about me being in shape or running and catching the football, I mean, that’s just what I do. It’s just about me getting healthy.”
Burress also revealed yesterday that his ankle problems may be related to flat feet. He has begun wearing orthotics to help correct the problem. “My feet are really sore because of the orthotics, but (Tuesday night was) the first time I’ve actually ran and played in just a little bit,” Burress said. “It’s just going to take some time for me to get used to it and time to break them in, so to speak. But once I get past that stage, I think that everything will be downhill from there. Both of my feet are hurting a little bit. I’m going to have to get used to it and basically get my feet into shape so they can tolerate it. If it’s too much, then we’ll probably do something else, but we’ll see how it goes.”
When Coughlin was asked if there was anything new with Manningham, he responded, “Nah, just speculation. Not even worth talking about.”
CB Sam Madison (sports hernia), LB Jonathan Goff (back), and PK Lawrence Tynes (leg) also did not practice.
LB/DE Mathias Kiwanuka left practice early. “Kiwanuka got a slight groin strain,” said Coughlin.
HB Derrick Ward (knee) and LT David Diehl (ribs) returned to practice.
Giants Place Olivea on Injured Reserve: The Giants placed RT Shane Olivea on Injured Reserve yesterday. According to The Star-Ledger, Olivea will be waived by the Giants once there is an injury settlement.
“We had an extended amount of time here where we tried to improve his situation,” said Coughlin. “It didn’t seem like we were getting very far. It was very unfortunate, because we thought when we first brought Shane in this would be something where both parties would benefit. We had a veteran football player, a guy who had gone through some things, and was anxious to really start his career over. We thought that this was the right situation. We worked him out; he was in outstanding shape and we didn’t think there was going to be any down time whatsoever. The unfortunate thing is that on his best practice day, that very evening, he couldn’t come back out and practice. We wished him well, and hopefully he will get himself back to where he feels good about having an opportunity.”
Giants Waive DE Antonio Reynolds: The Giants have waived/injured DE Antonio Reynolds, who was signed on Monday by the team but then promptly got hurt.
Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Man Charged in Attempted Blackmail of Giants Coach Tom Coughlin by Ralph Vacchiano and Michael O’Keeffe of The Daily News
Article on the Giants’ Pass Rush: Giants Rush to Adjust ‘D’ by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News