With any luck, we'll find out today whether some or all of the Giants' wounded will return to practice. We're looking for any encouraging signs from CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), DT Chris Canty (calf), WR Domenik Hixon (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), and LB Clint Sintim (groin). Last week, Tom Coughlin appeared to be getting a bit impatient with the bumps and bruises. So even seeing a couple of them back at work would be cause for anticipation.
We'll also be keeping an eye on offensive linemen Rich Seubert (left shoulder) and Kareem McKenzie (right knee). Both are expected to be out there. Also, Ahmad Bradshaw is on the preliminary list with an ankle/foot problem, and Justin Tuck remains on the list with a shoulder despite taking eight plays Sunday.
While we're at it, let's talk about a non-injury related topic. I'm not as ticked off about Lawrence Tynes as a lot of you guys seem to be. Yeah, he's inconsistent. But he does hit them when it counts, and that's what counts. The kicks don't have to be pretty. They just have to get through the uprights.
Yes, he's the only kicker in the league to have missed not one, but two field goals from inside 30 yards. But he also leads the league in points. He and Steve Gostkowski of New England are the only ones with as many as 10 field goal attempts right now, and Gostkowski has hit nine of those, as opposed to Tynes' eight.
I kind of regard Tynes as the football version of Don Stanhouse. Remember him? He used to close games for Earl Weaver's Orioles in the early '80s. Called him "Fullpack." Know why? Because he'd usually get the job done, but not before causing Weaver to go through a full pack of cigs when he'd walk the bases loaded.
Tynes is kind of like that. He'll drive you absolutely nuts by missing a 29-yarder with the score close. But then, in the closing seconds, he'll hit not one, but two as the opposing coach tries to ice him. Or he'll miss a big one in the postseason, only to kick his team into the Super Bowl on the last try.
As for the kickoffs everybody complains about, yeah, he's a little short. But he does have two touchbacks, and that lands him in the middle of the NFL pack.
As ugly as he sometimes seems, I'm not sure Tynes is going anywhere unless he absolutely collapses. But he is the kind of guy that makes a coach keep the short list ready at all times. It's just not time to pull it out of the desk yet. Until he actually hurts you, you stick with him.
I'm just sayin'...