Weatherford questionable, plans to play

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Who said punters can't be tough?

Steve Weatherford was back on the practice field Friday, less than a week after tearing ligaments in his left ankle.

Weatherford is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals but, barring a setback, he will play.

"I felt like I punted well enough to play Sunday," Weatherford said. "I felt consistent, I felt stable, I felt strong. But we’re gonna see how it feels tomorrow."

The Giants did work out a few free agent punters after practice Friday, just in case. Place-kicker Josh Brown has punted five times in his NFL career, but not since 2008.

Weatherford is doubly important for the Giants, as he also serves as the team's holder on field goal and point-after attempts. Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib has been preparing to fill in there, but hasn't held for kicks since high school.

After punting five times for 201 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 1, Weatherford is 22nd in the NFL in gross average (40.2 yards) and 14th in net average (38.2).

"The only thing that I think I might have trouble with, that I’m not counting on happening, is chasing somebody down," Weatherford said. "That may be an issue."

In other injury news, four players have officially been ruled out for Sunday's game: wide receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring), offensive lineman James Brewer (back), linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (ankle).

Linebacker Jon Beason (foot), offensive lineman Charles Brown (shoulder), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (hip) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) are listed as probable.

Beason practiced on a limited basis Friday after sitting out on Thursday. Pierre-Paul did not practice Friday, but was held out for precautionary reasons, according to the Giants.