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5 things we learned at Training Camp practice (8/6)

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1. McClain to "sit a while" with stinger; other injury notes.


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Linebacker Jameel McClain, the Giants' leading tackler from a season ago, suffered a stinger during Wednesday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. While standing with his teammates today on the sideline, McClain did not practice again and "chances are, because of the extent of the trauma, he's going to have to sit for a while," according to coach Tom Coughlin. McClain has a history of neck concerns as he was born with spinal stenosis and suffered a spinal cord contusion while with his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.

Meanwhile, Coughlin said safety Nat Berhe has "some kind of a muscle tear in the calf area" and offensive lineman Weston Richburg (knee tendinitis) and Ereck Flowers (hip flexor) are still day-to-day. Coughlin added that cornerback Prince Amukamara was also held with a groin issue and guard Geoff Schwartz, coming off ankle surgery, will have to be managed.

2. Offensive line rotated again.
With Flowers, Richburg and Schwartz out, the first-team offensive line was Justin Pugh at left tackle, Adam Gettis at left guard, Dallas Reynolds at center, John Jerry at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle. Depending on how long Flowers is out, Coughlin said Pugh will "share some time" at guard, where he had been playing until the rookie's injury.

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  1. Manning kept his streak intact.**
    You knew Eli Manning was jinxed today when the quarterback was asked before practice about his interception-less streak so far throughout camp. It almost came to an end on Thursday at the hands of veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who showed his vertical leap and plucked the jump-ball out of the air. However, upon further review, our Giants.com cameras captured the ball sliding out and hitting the ground just at the last moment before Rodgers-Cromartie rolled over it. Heck of an attempt, but Manning's streak stayed intact.

4. Jackson grabbed his first interception as a safety in camp.
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One week into camp, Bennett Jackson is looking like he enjoys the transition from cornerback to safety. Today the second-year pro intercepted Ricky Stanzi and ran it back for a touchdown.

"I just like being back there, being back in the middle of the field, being able to run and attack the ball in the air," Jackson said earlier this week about the position change. "And definitely just being able to run down and hit somebody. At corner you don't get too many chances to run down and fill a hole and hit somebody. It's different, it's something that excites me, and I'm looking forward to it."

5. Donnell working back to form.
Dealing with Achilles tendinitis, Larry Donnell's encore to a breakout 2014 campaign has been limited, but the tight end had his most productive day of the summer on Thursday. He caught a handful of passes all over the field, including a nifty sideline grab that the coach noticed.

"He's coming along," Coughlin said. "He made a really nice play. I think every day he gets a little bit more mobility and he looks like he's moving better. That's what we're hoping to get at. He's also had a couple of good blocks in there."

Photos of players during Giants Training Camp Thursday.

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