The Giants are enjoying a nice bye week off this weekend. While the other teams are getting banged up, the Giants will be recovering. Might I say even getting a bit healthy? It appears so. Here are the updates:
G Chris Snee: Snee missed last week’s game against the Bills after suffering a concussion the week before in a loss against Seattle. According to reports, Snee passed his baseline concussion tests Tuesday and can return to practice. He will be ready to go in two weeks when the Giants host the struggling Dolphins.
RB Brandon Jacobs: As long as the remaining swelling and pain in his knee subsides, Jacobs should be back against the Dolphins, too. Jacobs’ told reporters that most of the swelling in his knee has subsided and “there’s no doubt in my mind” that he’ll play and be full-go on October 30th.
DE Justin Tuck: After the win against the Bills, Tuck said he fully expects to be back after the bye week. With nearly another two weeks of rest, Tuck should be a go.
CB Prince Amukamara: The Giants first-round pick expects to re-join the team next week in individual practice drills and said there is an 80 percent chance he will participate in the full team workouts. While Amukamara hasn’t practiced since August 6th, having him back would seemingly allow S Antrel Rolle to go back to safety and not have to play corner in nickel situations. This would be a big upgrade if Rolle can slide back to his natural position. Out of all the players listed above, he’s the one who may not play in two weeks. However, if he stay’s on schedule, he could very well be a go for this first time this season.
WR Ramses Barden: Less then a year ago, on a cold November day, it appeared Barden was about to break out. Barden had 5-catches against the Dallas Cowboys and appeared to finally be showing why the Giants drafted him in the third round just a few years ago. Barden, who is still on the PUP list, has not been activated. If the Giants had Barden begin practicing today, they would have a three-week window to either activate him or put him on IR. They won’t do that this week. Since it’s a bye week, they’ll wait till next week to either give him the green light, or hold him back. Barden claims he’s ready whenever the Giants decide to call on him. It may not be this week, or next, but it could be soon.
C Adam Koets: Aside from WR Ramses Barden, Koets is the only other player on the PUP list. Koets suffered a torn ACL last season and believes he’s “80%” sure he will be ready to practice fully after the break. The Giants might decide to wait a week or two before activating him or even letting him practice, but his return is close.