Coughlin: Pierce will return Wednesday

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed that starting linebacker Antonio Pierce missed Monday's practice for personal reasons and said the absence was excused. He didn't elaborate on Pierce's personal reasons.

In other news, Coughlin insinuated that the Redskins signed former Giants quarterback Andre Woodson for "obvious" reasons: The two teams play in the Meadowlands on Sunday. Here's the exchange between Coughlin and reporters regarding the Woodson signing.

Is there ever a concern where a player like Andre Woodson is with you one week and the next week he is on your opponent’s roster? Is there ever any concern with what he could reveal scheme-wise?

TC: Do you mean, 'Why is he in Washington right now?’ That’s pretty obvious why he is there. We’ll see. There is no question that is what is going on, but hopefully -- well, we’ll see what transpires. It works both ways a little bit.

He knows a lot about...

TC: Well, enough comments.

You really haven’t done that, have you? Teams do that. I don’t remember you bringing in guys from a team the week before you play them?

TC: I have been a part of it. I have seen it done. A guy doesn’t get in the door two seconds -- he is in the classroom and being drilled. But not of late, no, not of late.

How much can you really get out of it?

TC: You would be surprised.

Do you have to change all of your audible calls?

TC: I’m sure we will have to change some.

According to the Star-Ledger, Coughlin later joked that the club had taught Woodson decoy plays in anticipation of something like this happening. Funny stuff.