Ramses Barden OK to return

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden has been cleared to resume practicing and playing after suffering a concussion Sept. 30 against Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, running back Andre Brown is not feeling as great after suffering a concussion in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns. He will have to follow the NFL's head injury protocol this week before his status is determined for the NFC Championship Game rematch Oct. 14 against the San Francisco 49ers.

"He's not 100 percent, that's obvious," coach Tom Coughlin said of Brown, the team's backup running back. "He has a concussion."

Coughlin did not have much to say on the status of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has been sidelined by swelling in his knee and pain in his surgically repaired foot. Coughlin said Nicks has undergone an MRI on his knee but did not reveal if there is anything structurally wrong.

"I'm going to wait until I gather all that information," Coughlin said of whether Nicks will be able to resume practicing once a week again. "Let's take one day at a time here and see how it works out."

The Giants have had to deal with numerous injuries. Nicks, Barden, safety Kenny Phillips (knee), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring), linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring), tackle David Diehl (knee) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) all sat out Sunday's win over the Browns.

Also, tight end Martellus Bennett hyperextended his left knee during the 41-27 victory but came back in and played. Coughlin said the tight end was being examined Monday.

Brown is the third Giant to suffer a concussion in the past four games. Domenik Hixon took a blow to the head Sept. 16 against Tampa Bay.

"You don't want that to happen," Coughlin said of the rash of concussions suffered by Giants players. "That's something that, a lot of time and energy and effort has been put towards trying to make sure that this doesn't happen. But these are all different circumstances."

"Ramses Barden seemed to indicate he got hit in the back of the head," Coughlin continued. "Of course, Andre was straight up. You just hope that these things don't happen. The equipment is as good as it can be and you have big, strong, fast people running into each other."