EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kayvon Thibodeaux participated in individual drills with the Giants' other pass rushers in practice today but was as non-committal as Brian Daboll regarding his availability for Sunday's season opener in Tennessee.
"I don't know," Thibodeaux said in his first public comments since injuring his right knee in a preseason game on Aug. 28. "Right now, it's day to day. It could really go either way. We're just waiting to see where it is when the time comes.
"I'm doing a lot better. Continuous rehab and we just continue to push forward. … I've just got to be able to practice. If you don't practice, you don't play. Me just being able to get out there, get some work and do everything that I need to do the time I need to get my job done."
Earlier, Daboll was asked if he had a "better sense" about the game status of Thibodeaux and fellow edge rusher Azeez Ojulari, who has a calf injury and was also kept out of the team portion of practice.
"Nope," he said.
"We'll just keep rehabbing them," Daboll said. "But they'll be out there, I think, today. They'll probably do a few things individual with coaches."
They were and they did.
"I feel like we're both pressed to get back because we both love the sport, and we want to get back," Thibodeaux said. "This is the NFL, we have a room full of guys who can get the job done, we have a room full of guys who are actually superstars. Supporting them and then also trying to get back and doing everything we can to get better."
Thibodeaux was the fifth overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft and the Giants are counting on him to be a persistent harasser of quarterbacks.
But he suffered a sprained medical collateral ligament when Thaddeus Moss of the Cincinnati Bengals went low on a block and hit him directly on the knee. Thibodeaux at first appeared to suffer a serious injury, but he walked off the field. He did not play in the preseason finale vs. the Jets.
How hard would it be to sit out what would be his first NFL game?
"You've got to accept however we go," Thibodeaux said. "We're a team and Dabs is the person who harps on next play, next man up. So just giving in any way I can, realizing that if I am not able to play, if I'm there, then I have to be engaged and I have to help my team – contribute to the win."
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*Rain fell all day in northern New Jersey, but Daboll had the Giants practice outside instead of the dry confines of the team's field house.
"We haven't been outside," Daboll said. "If we were playing in 85 (degrees) and sunny, but there's a 60 percent chance of rain (on Sunday in Nashville). We'll work the ballhandling, our footing. And we'll see what we do tomorrow. I thought for at least one day, get out there. Let the quarterbacks handle the wet ball, let the receivers and the skill guys, the returners, DBs keep their feet. That's the only reason why."
*Wide receiver Darius Slayton was excused from practice.