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Injured players thinking long term


Seven Giants players missed practice today with injuries. The list includes Umenyiora, who injured his ankle in New Orleans. Coach Tom Coughlin usually avoids definitive statements about injuries on Wednesday, but he came close when asked about the two-time Pro Bowler.

"I can say day-to-day all I want, but chances are he'll not make this one," Coughlin said.

Herzlich is wearing a protective boot. "We're going to wait and see what that looks like," Coughlin said.

Neither of the starting wide receivers practiced. Mario Manningham is still bothered by the knee injury that kept him out of the game on Monday. "I think he wants to go," Coughlin said. "It's a just a matter of he has swelling in the knee. We have to see if he can play with it and will it respond."

Hakeem Nicks was on the list with a rib injury and concussion. He reported for work with a headache, was put through the concussion protocol and was cleared. Victor Cruz, the team's leading receiver, was limited with a hip injury that Coughlin said is not serious.

"It may slow him down for a day," Coughlin said.

Safety Antrel Rolle (back), linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) and Bradshaw (foot) also did not practice.

Bradshaw had an interesting answer when asked if he could practice this week.

"Practice? I don't think I want to," the Giants' leading rusher said.

And why is that?

"I want to be as healthy as I can on Sunday," he said.

Bradshaw has missed four games with a fracture in his foot. But he said he "feels good" and there is a "big shot" he will play against the Packers.

"I'm planning on playing," he said. "You can write what you wanna write."

Boley stretched and was put through some agility drills by the team's trainers. He is not nearly as confident as Bradshaw about suiting up Sunday. Boley has missed the last 2½ games since suffering a hamstring injury at San Francisco on Nov. 13.

"I'm hopeful for this week," Boley said. "I'm still trying to take it slow, but obviously I hate watching the T.V., watching games from the sidelines."

Boley was asked if he needs to "rush back" because of Herzlich's injury.

"No, as I said last week I don't want to push it too hard and set myself back and have to miss another couple weeks," Boley said. "So at the same time, I'm still taking it slow and we'll see how it goes."

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