EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** The Giants finally got some good news on the injury front today as several players who have been absent both short and long-term returned to the practice field.
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"Corey Webster is going to be brought along real slow, but he will work," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We do have a few extra guys who are going to work today, which will help."
Also joining the team at practice are two players who have yet to suit up this season, running back Andre Brown (leg fracture) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (2012 knee surgery). Brown is on injured reserve/designated for return. He cannot play in a game until Nov. 10 vs. Oakland. Kuhn has been on the reserve/PUP list. His return to practice commences a 21-day period by the end of which the Giants must decide whether to activate, terminate, or keep Kuhn on the reserve list.
Kuhn tore his ACL at Cincinnati on Nov. 11, 2012.
"(We are going to) bring them along slowly," Coughlin said. "There's a legitimate window there that we would have to follow anyway. But if it happens faster, then fine. But we're going to move it slow so we can have a chance to get them in the best possible position when we do turn them loose."
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- Coughlin is hopeful running back Peyton Hillis will be able to contribute against the Vikings. Hills, the former 1,000-yard rusher, signed yesterday.
"Hillis knows the offense (he was in a similar system at Tampa Bay this summer), he knows the terminology, that helps a lot," Coughlin said. "He's a bigger back. He caught the ball very well in the workout. He's been around. He's a veteran football player. We know he can handle the first and second down stuff, and hopefully he'll not be too hard pressed to pick up the third down stuff as well.
"I think he can contribute right away. I do. He's a veteran player and we expect that of him. Getting him ready and the opportunity to use him, that's two different things, but I think we can get him ready."
Coughlin quickly and firmly dismissed any notion of sitting down quarterback Eli Manning, even briefly.
"He's the guy," Coughlin said. "We're going to win again with Eli."
- Coughlin does not know when running back David Wilson might return to action. Wilson is sidelined with a neck injury.
"We just have to allow the time that's necessary for the complete and total medical analysis and evaluation," Coughlin said. "I don't know when that would be. There's been no magic number told to me. They're going to look at it continuously."
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