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*Defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who reported to camp yesterday, had his physical this morning, but Coughlin does not know if the two-time Pro Bowler will practice this evening. Umenyiora was scheduled to be examined by team physician Russell Warren.

"I doubt that he will be cleared to practice this afternoon, although I'm purely speculating," Coughlin said. "Until we get all of that in order, we'll just continue to practice in the manner that we have."

Coughlin wasn't specific about what might keep Umenyiora off the field.

"There's been issues over the years," he said. "The hip that Osi's had, for example, includes, probably, Dr. Warren coming in and talking with him."

Coughlin was clearly pleased by Umenyiora's arrival.

"I think one of the good things that occurred yesterday was that Osi and (general manager) Jerry (Reese) had a chance to talk. I think something good came out of that."

*Coughlin didn't seem to have a strong opinion about Plaxico Burress' decision to sign with the Jets. The former Giants receiver visited with the coach on Friday.

"As we said when we first started talking about this again, I was very happy to have an opportunity to sit and talk to Plax," Coughlin said. "We were interested in him. He chose to go elsewhere. Our concern in the very beginning, when he was released (from prison), was that he would have a chance to get back with his family, establish some type of normalcy in his life, be with his kids – that type of thing. He's taken, obviously, steps in the right direction. He came to see me, which couldn't have been easy for him. Our conversation was very good. It was very sincere. It was very open. His decision was to go elsewhere. It sounded like a bigger guarantee. I don't know all of the facts about that. That's what happens in this business. His decision was made and again, we wish he and his family well."

*Coughlin was pleased with the execution in yesterday's initial camp practice.

"We didn't put the ball on the ground last night, we didn't have any false starts," Coughlin said. "We didn't have any issues along those lines, which you would normally associate with how long we've been out of practice, with being with each other. I'm hoping, since I just stuck my foot in my mouth, we're not saving it up for this afternoon."

*Offensive lineman Adam Koets has joined wide receiver Ramses Barden on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).

Koets, who tore his ACL last Nov. 7 in Seattle and underwent season-ending surgery, was given a physical on Friday. He didn't participate in conditioning drills because his knee bothered him. After undergoing further examination yesterday, the team's medical staff determined shortly before practice that Koets was not100 percent. He was placed on PUP, but because the transaction took place after 4 p.m., it was not effective until today.

*Cornerback Terrell Thomas was in the middle of the action in this evening's practice. On the first play of the initial team period, he intercepted an Eli Manning pass and returned it to the end zone. In a later period, Thomas knocked down a long Manning pass to Mario Manningham. But Thomas lost one battle on the first play of the red zone drill, when Hakeem Nicks got position on him and secured a Manning pass in the end zone.

*Manning made several pinpoint passes in practice, including a laser down the to middle to Domenik Hixon…Corey Webster broke up a pass in the end zone for Travis Beckum…First-round draft choice Prince Amukamara has yet to report.

*Today's practice at the Timex Performance Center was attended by 1,127 fans.


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