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RB Jennings returns to practice; listed as questionable


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** The Giants received some good news on the injury front today when running back Rashad Jennings and linebacker Mark Herzlich returned to practice on a limited basis and were listed as questionable for the game against the Titans Sunday in Tennessee.

Neither player is guaranteed to play. But they have a better chance than they did yesterday, when they didn't practice.

Coach Tom Coughlin was deliberately cautious when asked about Jennings.

"We are going to have to watch that," Coughlin said. "We listed him as questionable, but he's got a couple of days. We will see.

"He's got to be able to play in the game. The big thing is, when you issue a suit to someone, you would like to think they can play and finish the game. What will really hurt you is if - because you've only got 46 (active players) - you dress a guy, put him in, and he's out. Every guy that goes through this, not just Rashad Jennings, every guy has got to pass the test of whether we think he can. We are not always right, but to think whether or not he can play the majority of the game, put it that way."

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Jennings believes he's going to play. Of course, Jennings always believes he's going to play.

"I'm doing everything I can, so it's going to be a game time decision, I'm sure," he said. "If you haven't figured me out by now, I've got my mind made up on playing.

"You're talking to a player. I don't know what player doesn't lobby to play. But I'm not in position to make every single decision. I'm just going to keep working as I'm playing, like I do every single week."

If Jennings can't play, rookie Andre Williams will start and Orleans Darkwa will be the first backup. Williams started four games when Jennings was sidelined with a knee injury.

"Playing in the game is different than starting," Williams said. "Just from those games I got the opportunity to start, I do feel like I grew as a player.

"You have to prepare a little bit differently. Not necessarily physically, but mentally. You have to know that after that coin toss, you have to be ready to go, because you might be on the field right after that. It is a different mindset you have to be able to build and live in."

Linebacker Jacquian Williams and tackle James Brewer have been declared out of the game with concussions. Williams, who led the team in tackles when he was injured in Seattle, will miss his fourth consecutive game.

  • The Giants listed five players as probable: defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf), linebacker Jameel McClain (knee), wide receiver Preston Parker (knee), tackle Justin Pugh (quad) and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/shoulder). Pugh and Parker practiced fully, the other players were limited.

Jennings has missed four of the last five games, including the last three. He can contribute at both tackle and end.

  • Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is out with a hamstring injury.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger (shoulder) was limited and is one of five players listed as questionable.

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