New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was hoping to have all of his players return to practice on Thursday, but Big Blue was again without running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin).
Considering the Giants have only one remaining practice this week, it's not a good sign for those who sat on the sideline — especially JPP, whom Coughlin said is unlikely to return to full strength this season.
"Injuries are unfortunately a part of our game, but we have to go forward with the guys we have," Coughlin said on Wednesday.
If JPP is unable to go on Sunday, he'll likely be replaced with a rotation of Mathias Kiwanuka and Cullen Jenkins, who will slide out from defensive tackle. Of course, the Giants will "try" to get Damontre Moore some additional defensive snaps, but they've been saying that for several weeks to no avail.
Meanwhile, if Jacobs sits out, Peyton Hillis will see his first action since he ran for 21 yards on five carries against the Oakland Raiders in Week 10. And you'd expect to see a healthy Corey Webster (ankle) start in the place of McBride if he's listed as inactive, but Coughlin was non-committal when asked about that on Wednesday.
"We’ll see how that goes. We’re going to look at a bunch of guys," he said.
The good news for the Giants is that Webster and Hakeem Nicks (abdominal) participated for the second straight day, while Terrell Thomas (knee) returned to practice.
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