Shawn Andrews misses practice again

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants left tackle Shawn Andrews' back injury is more than just a muscular issue, according to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

Coughlin said Thursday that the injury is a concern, but has nothing new to report about the offensive lineman's status for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Andrews has not practiced in more than two weeks as he battles injuries in his surgically repaired back, even spending time in the hospital last week. After playing against Philadelphia Nov. 21, despite not practicing the entire week, Andrews missed last week's Giants win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Andrews seems a long shot to play Sunday, fellow left tackle David Diehl's chances to play seem to be improving. Diehl, who has missed the last three games with a hip/hamstring injury, took some snaps during practice Thursday. When asked if Diehl would be ready to play, Coughlin said, "We'll see."

In other injury news, wide receiver Steve Smith (pectoral) was limited in practice Thursday after not practicing Wednesday, running some routes as a practice squad player. Center Shaun O'Hara (foot) did not practice.

Cornerback Aaron Ross (back) worked well Thursday, according to Coughlin. The coach also added that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks' (leg) doctor visit Wednesday night was "good progress" and while he is not allowed to run yet, if Nicks keeps his progress up, he could be ready to begin shortly. Nicks is not expected to return until the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 19, but the receiver was optimistic that he could return a week earlier to help his team take on the Vikings.

Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.