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5 things we learned at Training Camp practice (8/7)



  1. Flowers, Richburg returned for jog-through practice.**


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Rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers and center Weston Richburg returned to the field for Friday's jog-through practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Flowers, the ninth overall draft pick, had missed time because of a hip flexor, while Richburg has been dealing with knee tendinitis. After practice, coach Tom Coughlin said he hopes to have them on the field tomorrow but that they won't get the "full green light." As for the action in the jog-through, Coughlin said, "Hope you didn't drive far for this."

The head coach added, "The purpose is we went two hard [practices] in a row and we have a hard one tomorrow so this would be the natural down curve and we thought this was the time to go with a mental day, a learning day, rather than anything physical so we can get something done tomorrow."

2. Cruz "probably" won't play in the preseason opener.

Since suffering a season-ending knee injury last October, Victor Cruz has cleared hurdle after hurdle in his return, including making the first day of training camp and practicing in full pads for the first time.

However, he may be ruled out for the preseason opener next Friday in Cincinnati, where the Giants will hold two joint practices with the Bengals leading up to it. Coughlin would not commit either way.

"Ask me next week in the middle of the preparation for the game," he said.

3. Coughlin anticipates talking to JPP by the end of the week.

There should be another development in the ongoing situation involving Jason Pierre-Paul's serious hand injuries from a fireworks accident as Coughlin said he is "anticipating" talking to the defensive end by the end of the week.

"If and when it happens, I am concerned about knowing how he feels," Coughlin said. "Where is he? How is he coming along? I won't even ask about the extent of the injuries but I'll let him tell me. Why isn't he here?"

*4. McClain won't be rushed back with neck injury.  *

Veteran linebacker Jameel McClain, the Giants' leading tackler in 2014, suffered a stinger on Wednesday and has not returned to practice since then. Born with spinal stenosis, McClain has a history and suffered a spinal cord contusion while with his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.

"[He] has had some issues in the past and they are trying to rule out a bunch of things," Coughlin said. "I'm not going to rush a guy back in, forget that stuff. It is just like a head [injury], we aren't going to rush anyone back in who has an injury like that."

5. Giants add another safety.

The Giants made a series of roster moves on Friday: safety Justin Halley was signed and wide receiver Chris Harper (shoulder) was waived/injured.

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