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New York Giants’ Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis Return to Practice

December 26th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

While many were sitting around a table with their families eating Christmas dinner, the New York Giants were at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for Wednesday practice, preparing for their final game of the season against the Washington Redskins. And although just a jog-through, running backs Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis were listed/projected as "limited" participants.

In other words, it would appear as if the duo have passed NFL concussion protocol and been cleared to return to football activities. Which, of course, is big news for Big Blue as they've been so depleted at running back that tight end Bear Pascoe even received a carry last Sunday.

Not all news was good news for the Giants, however. While both Brown and Hillis returned to practice on Wednesday, the team was again without wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee), cornerbacks Trumaine McBride (groin) and Terrell Thomas (knee), offensive lineman Brandon Mosley (hand), tight end Adrien Robinson (knee) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder).

Rookie safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring) also missed practice on Wednesday, but was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) afterwards.

In all likelihood, Cruz will be joined by at least JPP and Mosley as inactives this Sunday, and quite possibly Robinson as well.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman David Diehl (knee) and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad) were also listed as limited participants on Wednesday.

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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Andre Brown, Bear Pascoe, Brandon Mosley, Cooper Taylor, David Diehl, Football, Jason Pierre-Paul, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Peyton Hillis, Terrell Thomas, Trumaine McBride, Victor Cruz

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5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis Return to Practice”

  1.  Krow says:

    RB is definitely an area of concern. We have decent depth. And a good speed back if Wilson is OK. But no bell cow that can grind on opposing defenses. Of course our OL pretty much makes a rushing attack impossible anyway. It’s not like a top level RB will magically make things better … unless he can block for himself.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Hope everyone had a great holiday. There was even a little blanket of snow. Nice.

    I’m past wondering who will get to play, though I hope Hosley, Brewer and James get to show something and Jernigan continues to prove he’s an NFL-quality receiver. Not really a whole lot else to play for except a win to bring the record to respectability and end the season on a 7-3 run. And if Cousins lights them up and they lose, well, at least it’s a better draft position.

    I’m 100% with Belichick on his statement that it has become obvious that the new CBA and it’s much-limited work schedule for players has resulted directly in far more injuries around the league. These players now get way too much time off (especially if their team doesn’t make the playoffs), and the team has to depend upon the players getting proper training on their own away from the team strength-and-conditioning staff and medical teams. If the owners cared about it, they would agree to up the cap a bit in exchange for a revised work schedule, but that would require their putting the players’ health and the fans ability to see their best players more consistently above the profit motive. That is a very doubtful proposition.

    •  Krow says:

      I think the new practice rules are player initiated though.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        They are, but if they got paid more perhaps they would agree to change them a bit. This injury wave around the league has clearly become a significant problem. Many teams, including the Giants, have been unable to compete because of numerous factors, the injuries definitely being one of them.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      I believe you and I started with the “less practice will result in more injuries” drum the very moment that part of the new CBA was announced, Remarkable that no decision-makers had enough foresight to realize the impact that would have.

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