As the New York Giants returned to practice following a three day layoff, neither running back Ahmad Bradshaw or tackle David Diehl were on the field with the team. However, head coach Tom Coughlin feels Diehl is recovering nicely from the sprained MCL he suffered in week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and hopes to have him back as early as this week.
"I hope we can see some progress and maybe have him this week," Coughlin said.
Depending on the degree of the MCL sprain, recovery could take anywhere form three weeks to eight weeks. For a grade one sprain, most athletes are able to return to the field in week three. For Diehl, a return on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles would mean a return after only two weeks, so perhaps Coughlin is being uncharacteristically optimistic. Or perhaps Diehl's sprain was of the most minor variety.
The news on Bradshaw, who suffered a sprain neck during the same week two games, wasn't quite as optimistic. Although Coughlin did say he was improving a bit, the issues he's facing go beyond pain tolerance.
"There are still issues. If it was just pain, he’d be going, " Coughlin said. "I hope [he'll be cleared soon]."
Bradshaw was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Monday morning and, apparently, had gotten a better diagnosis than the one Coughlin was referring to, however.
"Great news! Thanks everyone for ur thoughts and prayers. But u dont understand, I'm Ready to rock," he tweeted.
Word on safety Antrel Rolle (knee) and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot) was much more positive. Coughlin said Nicks suffered no setbacks and would be expected to practice on Thursday, while he feels Rolle will return on Wednesday.
"He wasn’t supposed to go today. He was to be treated and then Wednesday would be his day," he said of Rolle.
In addition to all of that, Coughlin announced that wide receiver Domenik Hixon had passed his post-concussion exams and will also be returning to practice on Wednesday.
All things considered, the Giants' injury news isn't too bad. A lot of players will be practicing this week and if everything falls into place, they may sport a full roster against the Iggles on Sunday night.
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