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D.J. Jones Fails Physical and Giants Re-Sign Mitch Petrus: OT/OG D.J. Jones, whom the Giants claimed off of waivers on Saturday from the Eagles, has failed his physical and was waived. To fill his roster space, the team signed OG Mitch Petrus, who was waived when the Giants claimed Jones.

September 2, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), CB Prince Amukamara (ankle), DT Marvin Austin (back), and OT James Brewer (back) did not practice yesterday.

“Sore,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin about Nicks. “I would imagine (we will have to manage his injury)…He gets a little bit more each day and he feels good about it…I would think (he will practice on Monday). He looked like once he got out here and he was moving around on the grass, he looked a little friskier. Looked like he was going to do a couple of things.”

“I’m playing,” Nicks said. “You don’t have to ask me no questions. I’m playing.”

“(Austin) did some individual (drills), but that was it,” said Coughlin.

“I think I should be able to come back next week, I truly believe that,” Austin said. “I feel really good.”

When asked if Brewer’s back acted up again, Coughlin responded, “No. This is about what it is. He comes out and does a few things and that’s about it.”

LB Mathias Kiwanuka (groin), DE Adrian Tracy (hamstring), and OT Will Beatty (back) were limited in practice.

“Beatty gets a few snaps every day and he’s done pretty well with it,” said Coughlin. “Again, I always have to be in reserve when it’s something like that. We’ll see how he is the next morning and that type of thing, but he’s working hard at it and he’s got a program that he’s on and it seems to have worked and helped.”

“Watching him today, (Beatty) was excellent at practice and he volunteered to do some scout work so he can get some quality work against Osi (Umenyiora) and those guys and he looked pretty good,” said Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride. “So that was an encouraging sign.”

HB Ahmad Bradshaw (hand), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), and CB Jayron Hosley (toe) fully practiced.

“Yeah, (I’ve been testing the hamstring),” said Boley. “Including yesterday and today, I’ve just been opening up, running full speed, trying to do as much as I can on it. Test it as much as I can without ruining things. It felt pretty good.”

“(Hosley) seems to be doing well,” said Coughlin. “He seems to be a guy that is anxious to play and is willing to put up with some discomfort in order to do that.”

Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on CB Corey Webster: For the Giants, a Leader and Some Fresh Followers by Seth Berkman of The New York Times

Article on CB Michael Coe: Coe Ahead, Make My Day by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Notes and Quotes: Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell said yesterday that CB Michael Coe will start for the injured CB Prince Amukamara. “He’ll get the start,” Fewell said. “In the OTAs, Michael performed well and really gave us the confidence that we had another guy that was competing at corner…Michael can run, he is very fast. Michael is physical and is not afraid. And Michael has a very strong mentality. If he doesn’t have success on a play, we can chew his ass out and he’ll come back and make a play for you. So I like his mental makeup also.”

Offensive  Coordinator Kevin Gilbride said yesterday that WR Domenik Hixon has won the #3 wide receiver spot. “He’s a consummate pro,” said Gilbride. “He’s always going to know exactly what to do. He’s always going to be technically very, very sound. He’s very dependable. You can trust that he’ll do the right thing and right now, there’s no evidence that there’s any residual limitations because of his injury. Anything we’ve seen has been very positive from him.”

Gilbride on LT Sean Locklear, who The Star-Ledger is reporting will be the opening-day starter: “Sean, I won’t say has been a surprise, but he’s been what we’ve hoped. You bring him in here, hopefully he’s going to be your third and he’s going to be your swing tackle. With William (Beatty) out the entire preseason, all of a sudden he moved up to the starting position and has played real well. He hasn’t hurt us in the pass game at all. His protection has been excellent. He’s been one of the better performers in pass protection. He’s still learning some of the things with the run game the way we do it, so I think he’ll get better and better, but he’s been a bona fide pro. We haven’t fallen off because when we’ve erred, it’s not been something that he did that hurt us, so I’ve been very, very pleased with him.”

Gilbride on TE Martellus Bennett: “I think that he’s raw for a guy that’s been in the league, but he’s got a lot of potential. He’s got great passion. He wants to be good. He’s got all the ingredients to be a very good player for us and I think it’s just a matter of getting acclimated. He missed the whole spring and so that really hurt him not going through the OTAs and everything else, but he’s a hard-working physically-talented guy that wants to be good and those are usually pretty good starting points.”

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