Coughlin says Manning is practicing some

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After he had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle April 10, quarterback Eli Manning and the New York Giants estimated he was six weeks away from being able to run. They signed quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Rusty Smith to add to their numbers at the position on the assumption that Manning wouldn't be able to take part in OTA workouts or their June minicamp.

But Manning isn't one to miss time, and if you figured it would be tough to keep him off the field, you were right.

"We haven't kept him off the field, to be honest with you. He's taken a snap here or there," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Saturday afternoon. "As long as he's feeling good and there is no setback, then in moderation, he's allowed to practice."

At this point in the offseason, the Giants' offseason program consists of offensive and defensive workouts on air -- as, in with no opponent on the field. The offense works out on its own, running its plays and drills without a defense trying to stop it. It's light stuff, and I imagine it's easy for them to take it very easy with Manning as he works his way back from the surgery. Things get a little more intense at the end of this month, when the Giants start OTA workouts, and then during their June 17-19 minicamp. But those things are both a ways off, and Manning's always been a quick healer. There may not be as many spring snaps for guys like Freeman and Ryan Nassib as was originally thought.