Big Blue Morning: Good sign for Brown

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants:

The news of the day: The Giants held a "jog-thru" on Wednesday, as opposed to a full practice, so the injury report only projects the extent to which injured players would or would not have participated in a real practice. The report did list running backs Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis as limited participants, though, and that has to be counted as a good sign for their progress in recovery from their respective concussions and their chances to be available to play Sunday. The league's concussion protocol mandates various tests throughout the week, so it could be a few days before either is fully cleared to play. The Giants also placed safety Cooper Taylor on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and signed guard Eric Herman from their practice squad. Guard David Diehl was listed as a limited participant and guard Brandon Mosley did not practice due to a broken hand, so the Giants need coverage at that spot.

Behind enemy lines: Giants left tackle Will Beatty had a terrible time with Redskins pass-rusher Brian Orakpo in the Week 13 game in Washington. Beatty swore after that game that things would be different the next time he got a shot at Orakpo, but that may not come this week after all. Orakpo is dealing with a groin strain and may not play in Sunday's season finale at MetLife Stadium. He was listed as a limited participant on Washington's simulated injury report Wednesday.

Around the division: The Cowboys will need a miracle, or perhaps a series of them, to avoid losing their third straight Week 17 NFC East title game Sunday night. Already without quarterback Tony Romo due to a back injury, they're also going to continue to be without perpetually injured middle linebacker Sean Lee.

Around the league: In case you missed it, enjoy the final MVP Watch column of the 2013 season. I did have a blast writing it all year, and I hope it brought some non-Giants sunshine into your week every now and then.