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January 31, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: The first practice for the Giants in Indianapolis will be today, but there was some updated injury news yesterday.

LB Jacquian Williams (foot) is out of his boot and he says he is feeling better. “It’s better,” Williams said. “It is a day-to-day thing. But I will be there (on Sunday)…(The boot) was a precaution thing. I’ll practice. Whether I will be limited or not, I don’t know.”

WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) is also feeling better. “It feels a lot better this week,” Nicks said. “I’m just trying to go out there and play and have a good week of practice. There should be no setbacks. It’s not sore or anything. The rest helped out a lot with just my shoulder and just my body in general. I just took a couple of practices off and then would come out this week and be ready to go.”

Finally, TE Jake Ballard (knee) says he is also feeling better. “It is still a little tweaked,” Ballard said. “It feels a lot better than it has in a long time. I am running well and I am running a lot better than I have in the last three or four games.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Ballard’s potential impact. “Huge,” replied Coughlin. “Jake’s feeling better. He’s been a big part of what we do. He received an injury, fought his way through the injury. He is maneuvering better, playing better. That being that case, Eli has a lot of confidence in Jake…He was struggling a little bit, but he’s got a great heart and he did everything he could to help us a win.”

Media Day Madness: Transcripts and video of the following media Q&A sessions with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and various players are available at Giants.com:

NFL Network Interview with WR Victor Cruz and S Antrel Rolle: The video of yesterday’s NFL Network interview with WR Victor Cruz and S Antrel Rolle is available at NFL.com.

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Article on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: Giants Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell Says He Would Have Declined Head Coaching Interviews During Super Bowl XLVI Run by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on Wide Receivers Coach Sean Ryan: Secret of a Coach’s Success? Ivy League Recruiting Battles by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Giants’ Victor Cruz Rose to Surprise Stardom After Team Nearly Waived Him by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Domenik Hixon: Giants’ Domenik Hixon Puts Bad Luck in Its Place as He Recovers from Another Injury by Dave D’Alessandro of The Star-Ledger

Article on HB Brandon Jacobs and DE Osi Umenyiora: Jacobs, Osi Focus on XLVI, Not Future by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the Giants’ Rookie Class: Giants’ Overlooked Rookies Make It To Super Bowl After Missing Out On Combine by Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger

Article on LB Mark Herzlich: Herzlich, Nun Keep Faith During Cancer Fight by Kevin Armstrong of The Daily News

Article on Former Giants OLs Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara: Giants Linemen Miss Former Teammates by Justin Terranova of The New York Post

Quotes: Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride on QB Eli Manning: “When people talk about toughness, they talk about linebackers or a fullback – they don’t think of the quarterback. But it’s a totally different makeup.  You’re not inflicting the blow.  The willingness to stand in there and focus on your job, which is delivering the pass, and knowing that you’re going to get hit is a different kind of courage.  And Eli definitely possesses it.  As a coach, you appreciate the toughness that he shows and his willingness to do whatever it takes to win the game.”

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