December 8, 2010 New York Giants Injury Report – Only Two Giants Miss Practice: The only Giants not practicing yesterday were HB Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) and OL Shawn Andrews (back). There was no word on the severity of Bradshaw’s injury.
“(Andrews) feels better, he’s doing better, he’s going to come out and run, work on the side,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.
Practicing on a limited basis yesterday were WR Steve Smith (pectoral), WR Hakeem Nicks (leg), OC Shaun O’Hara (foot), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), CB Brian Jackson (hand), and CB/Returner Will Blackmon (chest).
“Steve Smith is going to practice,” said Coughlin before practice. “We’ll see how that is. He does have a limitation on his practice, but that could easily change if we see that he is doing well.”
“No pain in catching, no pain running,” said Smith after practice. “I was able to do everything…I’m thinking I’m playing. Now the doctors, I don’t know what they are going to say and all but going off me, I feel like I’m going to play. I think coach wants to get me out there. Just a matter of mentally going out there and doing it now.”
“Nicks is going to go through individual,” said Coughlin before practice. “If that works out, he may take a couple of snaps.”
“I did more than I expected, more than we all expected,” said Nicks after practice. “It felt good. I see the doctor today, tell him how I responded, see how I feel tomorrow…My mentality is if I’m practicing, I’m playing. Go hard out there in practice and hopefully they let me play. I’m pretty sure I will.”
“O’Hara is going to try,” said Coughlin before practice. “He’s going to go. He expects to start out and move gradually because this would be his first week. We’d like to see where he is and then hopefully we can go from there.”
“Blackmon does have some limitations, but he’s going to (practice),” said Coughlin.
“I can breathe,” said Blackmon after practice. “The pain was through my chest and through my back. That was pretty rough.”
OL David Diehl (hamstring/hip) fully practiced.
“Diehl is practicing and I’m trying not to even consider any kind of limit,” said Coughlin before practice. “We’ll see how he does. Hopefully he is in a position conditioning-wise where he can just practice and go.”
“I did every individual rep, every team rep, felt great so I’m playing, I’m ready to go,’’ Diehl said after practice. “I’m playing, no question, no nothing, I’m ready.’’
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