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Andrew Thomas 'day to day' with hamstring injury


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas did not practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury he suffered against Dallas Sunday night, which raised the question whether he'll be able to play Sunday against the Cardinals in Arizona.

"I'm not sure, just day-by-day," Thomas said. "They held me out today, so we will see if I practice tomorrow and try to go from there."

Coach Brian Daboll said of Thomas, "He's making progress, I'd put him in day-to-day."

Who would step in for Thomas is a bit of a mystery. Matt Peart, listed as the top backup at both tackle spots, underwent an MRI Monday and was limited in practice today with an elbow injury. Second-year pro Joshua Ezeudu, listed as a guard, played left tackle late in the 40-0 loss to the Cowboys.

"He did good, he's been practicing there for a while," Daboll said. "You guys (reporters) haven't seen it, but we practice him, we move guys around. He's certainly an option at that spot."

Ezeudu started six games at left tackle at the University of North Carolina – plus 20 at right guard and two at right tackle.

Regarding his options for this week -- and perhaps for next Thursday's game in San Francisco as well -- Daboll said, "We will practice some guys out here and we will be ready to go once Sunday rolls around. … We've got enough guys to go out here and get some reps, and we'll take a look at here the next few days."

Daboll was asked about the possibility of moving right tackle Evan Neal to the left side.

"I'd say we consider a lot of stuff, that's probably not one of them," he said.

Thomas was hurt in the first quarter against Dallas. Despite his pain and discomfort, he remained in the game until the final quarter.

"I was just fighting through it," he said. "The adrenaline from the game, pretty much (enabled him to stay on the field).

"You definitely feel it. Playing with a hamstring, trying to anchor, trying to get off the ball, it's not easy, but like I said, everyone plays with injuries, try not to make excuses, just get healthy."

Thomas was a second-team All-Pro last season when he started every game but the regular season finale when most starters were rested. The line, which allowed seven sacks by the Cowboys defense, will be tested again vs. a Cardinals team that recorded six sacks in a loss in Washington.

If adrenaline got him through the Dallas game, might it enable him to play in Arizona?

"I'm not sure right now," Thomas said. "I haven't practiced, so we will see once I step on the field how it feels. Right now, just taking it day-by-day.

"That's the process that I have. It's been feeling better since when I first hurt it. Just giving it time and see how it does."

View photos of the Giants on the practice field ahead of the Week 2 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

*Amani Oruwariye, a defensive back on the practice squad, suffered a neck injury during practice today.

He had movement in all his extremities and was taken to Hackensack Medical Center for further evaluation. The results of the evaluation and testing were negative, and Oruwariye was cleared to return to the team's facility.

*Daboll said tight end Darren Waller was given a veteran rest day.

"That's something we planned all along, even really since we got him, with the sports science and the medical staff," Daboll said. "Those guys that are over 30 and have had a lot of wear and tear, that have played. We are going to give him a rest day. It'll probably be once a week."

Waller was added to the injury report late last week with a hamstring issue.

"I think he's good to go, but still that was the plan going into it," Daboll said. "Whether it was going to be a Wednesday or a Thursday, that's stuff we discussed probably before the last couple weeks of where we were at. Today, I think he will be listed with his hamstring, but he's getting a vet day."

Daboll said wide receiver Sterling Shepard will likely get one tomorrow.

"There are a few guys that we have talked about, I'd say as training camp was going on, we try to have to a plan here," Daboll said.

*Thomas and Waller were the only players who did not practice.

Those who were limited in addition to Peart were wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (knee); linebackers Azeez Ojulari (hamstring) and Cam Brown (ankle); defensive backs Deonte Banks (calf), Cor'Dale Flott (hamstring) and Gervarrius Owens (hamstring); and kicker Graham Gano (right ankle).

View rare photos from the all-time series between the Giants and Cardinals.



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