Looks like Shawn Andrews might miss a long-awaited game against his former team.
The Giants' left tackle missed practice again today because of a sore back.
Coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Andrews is day-to-day, but is hopeful that he will be able to play after some rest.
"He has been stiff and sore before but never to [this] point," Coughlin said. "He actually came out and tried to work yesterday. He felt he could work. As long as he was in a two-point stance, he felt he could. But then the smarter move prevailed and we didn’t push it any. He was a little bit better this morning. And hopefully he will be a little bit better tomorrow."
Andrews has missed most of the last two seasons with back issues and had two surgeries.
Asked whether this is related to his past issues, Coughlin said, "Whatever. You ever have a bad back? You don’t want to get one."
The followup was how concerned he was about Andrews, given his back history.
"The fact that you’re standing on my grass concerns me. Yes, everything concerns me," he said.
Obviously, the coach seems a bit edgy this week.
Andrews was not available to the media for the second consecutive day.
Will Beatty, who returned last week after missing seven games following foot surgery, has been working at left tackle. Beatty was drafted at that position but has never started a game there.
Kevin Boothe started last week at left guard in his first action of the season.
However, Andrews' teammates don't expect him to miss time.
“That's what makes the question all the more farcical, to me,” Kareem McKenzie said. “That would seem the obvious answer to me. Going against his old team, I don't think he would miss that opportunity for anything.”
Others who did not practice yesterday: T David Diehl (Hip/Hamstring), center Shaun O’Hara (foot), wide receiver Steve Smith (pectoral), and cornerback Corey Webster (toe).
DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) was a limited participant as was fullback Madison Hedgecock (hamstring). Umenyiora typically does not practice Thursdays.
According to Bodog.com, six teams are tied with the best Super Bowl champion odds at 6-1: Jets, Packers, Ravens, Steelers and Falcons.
The Eagles are next at 9-1, followed by the Colts, Saints and Chargers at 12-1.
Colts wide receiver Austin Collie was listed as a full participant for the first time since the scary hit against the Eagles that caused a concussion. Collie still needs to be cleared in order to play.
“I certainly have appreciated all of the thoughts and prayers received over the past couple of weeks. Every day I feel like I am improving, and it was great to get back on the field in some capacity on Wednesday. The doctors and training staff here have been tremendous, I can’t say that enough. I understand everyone’s concern, but I prefer not to discuss the specifics of the play in Philadelphia, and I hope that can be respected. It was a football play, and that’s part of football. Now, I want to focus my efforts on continuing the gradual process of getting back on the field and helping our team as we approach a very crucial part of our season.”
However, the statement alone leads to some question, as Indy Star writer Pete Wilson pointed out.
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