Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Q: Where was Osi?
A: Osi came out here, he did have some swelling, so we sent him back inside.
Q: I know you said it was wear and tear the other day. Is it his knee?
A: It's the knee. It's the knee on that side.
Q: What about Nicks?
A: He did better. He ran around and did some things, took some plays - looks like he's headed in the right direction.
Q: Game time thing?
A: I would think, yeah. We'll see how he is in the morning after he's done a little bit.
Q: Same for Osi, game time?
Q: Nicks did some team stuff today?
Q: If Nicks is limited, are Barden and Manningham ready for a bigger role?
A: I think they're ready for the role. Manningham played pretty well last weekend and Ramses has had some good solid practice days. Victor had some good practice days. Calhoun had a couple really good days, so they're coming.
Q: What can you tell us about Kevin Boss' concussion symptoms?
A: I believe the headaches are gone and so I think he is just going to rest and start a little bit of exercise, just to help him that way. I don't think that there are any real symptoms right now.
Q: We often think of Ramses Barden as a red zone guy because of his size but is he capable of doing everything else?
A: Yes. He actually knows all of the spots. He's one of those guys.
Q: How is Aaron Ross?
A: He's doing better. He did better every day this week and so I think he's going to be ready.
Q: Have you seen any major changes in special teams this week?
A: Well, obviously it's been an area of focus and we've practiced well. Punt protection has been good and it's our cover teams and we'll find out, but I think we'll be better. I think we'll be improved.
Q: Any update on Will Beatty and when he might be able to return?
A: No. I really don't. I haven't even had a full sit-down as to exactly what the plan will be. I can tell you that it's anywhere from four to six to eight weeks I've heard from the various research that has been done and the doctors telling us about this injury, but as far as exactly what Will will do, we'll see. Will has been a guy that has been…he's had outstanding endurance, he's never been in the training room. I'm talking about a guy that just has been very healthy, so this was a little bit of a shock. He calls himself a quick healer, so we'll see.
Q: What's Chase Blackburn listed as for Sunday?
A: He'll be out.
Q: That's going to be the end of a pretty long streak for him. Is it different for you to not have him out there?
A: Very much so.
Q: How is Bear Pascoe as a special teams player?
A: He's done a pretty good job. We'll see. He'll have his opportunities this weekend.
Q: Did Shaun O'Hara make it through the whole practice today?
A: He did probably half.
Q: He's okay to go on Sunday?
A: He's okay to go.
Q: Will you take Jim Sorgi on this trip with you?
A: That hasn't even been discussed. He's rehabbing his shoulder, as far as I know of.
Q: How disappointed was Blackburn on this one?
A: He's pretty disappointed. He's a guy that's always right there and wants to do everything he can. He's got to fight his way back. He had a little swelling this week, too. That's why he wasn't in here.
Q: With Osi, was this the same knee he had surgery on?
A: It's a swollen knee.
Q: Are you anxious to see how Dodge does in a dome?
A: I'm just anxious to see him improve from last week, to be honest with you. You guys didn't see him, but he was in here probably 45 minutes before anybody even came in here, working on all aspects of his game, so I'm hoping that we see the kind of improvement… You know, in a dome, if he catches one, he can change field position by himself. We've seen him do that so I'm looking forward to it.
CB Aaron Ross
Q: Coach says that you are ready to go, guess that feels pretty good for you:
A: It feels great to hear. I practiced every day this week, full practice. My heel felt fine. There is no more exciting week to play than to play against the Colts.
Q: After that Jets game, did you have the Colts game circled as the game you need to get back for?
A: I had week one circled on my calendar, but it didn't work out. Of course, this was the next week and I was praying that I had the opportunity to come and play this week.
Q: Do you worry about how the foot will respond in the game when you're in there?
A: I'm trying not to, but this will be the first game so I'm going into it with my mind ready. I practiced hard and it didn't bother me. The trainers did a tremendous job in getting me back. I'm all the way in.
Q: You're going to be tested, too. I imagine they're going to need three corners in there most of the time:
A: Oh yeah. I'm ready for the challenge. It's my livelihood, so I'm ready.
Q: Do you know if you'll be on the outside, inside, slot, wherever?
A: Whichever. It depends on the formations. Inside, outside, however we plan in the game plan.
Q: Is it something where you'll be re-taped during game?
A: No. Once I'm on the field, I'm ready. I have padding under it to help protect it a little bit, but after that, I'm ready to go.
Q: How are your shoes different now than before the injury?
A: Just more padding.
Q: You dealt with so many injuries last year. How exciting is it to be healthy and hopefully stay that way?
A: Very exciting. I'm very excited to get out there. It's something I've been waiting for a whole year now. I didn't get to play much last year, and none at corner. This year will be the first time at corner, and I'm really excited about it.
Q: The issue last week was about re-injuring the foot. Is there pain now?
A: I can get through it. Of course, the pain is still there but it's something I can play with.
Q: Is there internal pressure for you with Bruce Johnson having a knee injury that they really need you?
A: There was no pressure because I felt like I was ready to play. There was no pressure from the coaches, training staff. I was ready to go. I felt that it was my time, and my number was being called, so I'm ready to step up.
Q: Talk about the Colts offense, esp. that receiving corps you'll face:
A: Everybody knows that Peyton has done a tremendous job since he's been there. We know the challenge ahead of us, and I think we're ready to step up to it.
Q: Have you considered doing punt returns?
A: Of course. Like I said before, it's been something I've been fighting for four years now. That's up to the coaches. Once I get completely healthy, hopefully I can get back there and try and get one.
Q: No update on that then?
Q: Did it take a couple things to get the new padded shoes more comfortable and feeling ok?
A: Yeah. The first week I started wearing a shoe again, it was a little sore. The soreness went away and the shoes started feeling a little better. It wasn't really the shoe as much as it was my foot.
Q: When did you know you'd be playing this week?
A: Last Sunday after I didn't play in the first week. * *
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