Injury report: David Baas expecting to play

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants center David Baas, who has missed the past three games with a neck injury, said Friday that he's expecting to be cleared to return to the field for the Giants' next game Monday, Oct. 21 against the Minnesota Vikings.

"Obviously, we have some time," Baas said. "Still working with the doctors, but I've been feeling much better."

Nothing can be certain until Baas gets out on the field and practices. The Giants who have Saturday and Sunday off, will gather for a practice Monday and then have Tuesday and possibly Wednesday off before ramping up their practice schedule Thursday in advance of the Week 7 "Monday Night Football" game.

Running back Andre Brown is eligible to return to practice next week and says he plans to do so. Brown broke his leg in the final preseason game and was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. That designation required him to miss at least six weeks of practice (which he has) and eight weeks of games. Because the Giants have a bye in Week 9, Brown cannot play until Week 10. But if he does return to practice this week, it seems likely he'll be able to return to game action once he's eligible.

No news Friday on running back Da'Rel Scott, who left Thursday's game with what appeared to be a significant hamstring injury. With starter David Wilson still out with a neck injury and Brown still a few weeks away from a return, the Giants may be in the market for a running back next week to give Brandon Jacobs some support.