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Tynes aims for consistency; Phillips back


*Lawrence Tynes has missed a field goal attempt in each of the last three games, but both he and Coughlin shied away from saying it was a slump.

"I think I made like 18 out of 19 in pregame," Tynes said. "If you're in a slump, you're probably not kicking real well at all during the week or at practice and I feel like we are doing that. I just feel like maybe our game tempo is a little off. I think we've fixed that earlier this week and then today in practice we did some team stuff. So you've just got to be positive moving forward. You can't really dwell on the past."

Tynes' latest miss was a 30-yarder in Atlanta, which was wide left.

"I know I was disappointed in that," Coughlin said. "But I don't know if you'd call it a slump. There's been a different reason in each case. We thought his timing wasn't very good the other day on the one that we missed, but it's the time of the year we can't afford any misses. We need to be able to come away with points each and every time we're down there. Obviously, we'd like touchdowns, but you've got to come away with points and we can't afford not to and we would like to feel that no matter what the distance is, if it's within our range, our makeable range that we're going to come through and I have to believe we will."

Prior to the three-game stretch, Tynes had made 29 of 32 field goal attempts. He still leads the NFL with 33 field goals.

"It's just kind of a snowball effect," Tynes said. "It's all of us. We've worked on it. We're pros. We know how to fix it and we've just got to get back to how we were the first 12, 13 games."

*Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was one of five Giants players to sit out practice today. Bradshaw missed the Atlanta game with a knee injury. He has vowed to play against the Ravens, but that determination is not his to make.

"We'd all love to have him play, but it will be a medical decision, it's not going to be mine" said Coughlin, whose team can play its way into the postseason by winning its last two games. "Although he wants to play as badly as he can, if the doctors feel he can play without hurting himself, then I think that very well may be the case. If the doctors don't think that's possible, then they'll make the decision."

Also missing practice were wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee), guard Chris Snee (hip), center David Baas (hip/shoulder) and defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder).

"He (Tuck) probably banged it in the game, though he didn't come out of the game," Coughlin said. "We can and I think he can deal with it, because he's had to before."

Four players were limited, including cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring), defensive tackle Chris Canty (neck) and safeties Kenny Phillips (knee) and Tyler Sash (hamstring).

"I'm feeling great," said Amukamara, who did not play last week. "I had a couple of good reps today at practice and I feel a little bit sore right now and that's natural. So I'll just check and see tomorrow morning."

Amukamara said he expects to practice tomorrow.

Phillips has missed eight of the last 10 games with a knee injury.

"With Kenny, we feel like he's rested and ready to contribute," Coughlin said.

*The Giants re-signed cornerback Terrence Frederick to the practice squad.


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