Giants' Rashad Jennings hopes to return after bye

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings is in good spirits, as he always is, while he works his way back from a sprained left knee. Jennings will miss his second straight game Sunday, but he's been working out, feeling better and hopes to be able to return for the Week 9 Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Giants have a bye in Week 8.

"Getting better every day," Jennings said Wednesday after a Giants practice in which he did not participate. "Just working out in the gym, getting lost in my music and doing everything I need to do so that when I get back, I'll be back up to speed where I was."

Jennings said he planned to start the running portion of his rehab this week, and that the important thing is to regain strength in the knee once it heals.

"I have to make sure I'm able to dig and grind and get those ugly yards," Jennings said. "Running in the open field won't be a problem."

Rookie Andre Williams had 58 yards on 16 carries in Sunday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, his first game filling in as a replacement starter for Jennings. Peyton Hillis gained 24 yards on five carries, caught three passes for 28 yards and looks like the option the Giants favor at running back in the passing game. When Jennings is healthy, he does not come off the field on passing downs. So they're effectively using two players to try to replace him.