EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There's no need to make this sound overly dramatic, but the best thing that happened to the New York Giants on Friday was that Zack Bowman walked out of the hospital and into practice.
The Giants are thin at cornerback, regardless, after three season-ending injuries, but the news Thursday that Bowman had been hospitalized with an abdominal issue made it seem like this was crisis time. The news Friday that Bowman was healthy enough to practice and feeling good enough to declare that he'll play Sunday in Seattle was enough to lower the state of alarm.
The Giants still listed Bowman as questionable on their official injury report, but the cornerback himself seemed to have little question. And while the Giants said he was limited in practice, Bowman said he was able to do everything he needed to do to prepare to play.
"I'll be fine for Sunday," said Bowman, who described his ailment as a stomach bug. "Yes, I was worried, but at the end of the day it was nothing big."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Bowman's energy level was understandably a little low, but Coughlin also expressed confidence Bowman will play Sunday.
So with Prince Amukamara the latest Giants cornerback lost for the year, Bowman and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie should be the starting cornerbacks against the Seahawks. Rodgers-Cromartie is far from 100 percent physically, but he hasn't missed a game yet, and the Giants list him as probable for Sunday.
Running back Rashad Jennings, who has missed the past three games with an MCL sprain, went through a second straight day of practice Friday. But the Giants listed Jennings as doubtful, and it's more likely he'll be back for next week's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
"We just have to make sure he's ready to compete in a game," Coughlin said.
Punter Steve Weatherford is the other significant injury concern, mainly because he has a bad back (in addition to a sore ankle), and the flight to Seattle is the longest one the Giants will take.
"My main concern is the six-hour flight, and how my body reacts," Weatherford said. "I'll try to get up and move around as often as I can. I'm optimistic that I'll feel good [Sunday]. My body feels good [Friday], and if I feel like this I should be OK."
There's a chance the Giants could add a second punter as insurance in case Weatherford can't go. Kicker Josh Brown last punted in an NFL game 10 years ago.
The Giants also listed both defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf) and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) as questionable. Rodgers-Cromartie, Weatherford, offensive lineman Adam Snyder (knee) and left guard Weston Richburg (ankle) were listed as probable.