EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Running back Rashad Jennings has practiced all week with the New York Giants and is officially listed as probable for Sunday's home game against the San Francisco 49ers. After missing the last four games due to a knee sprain, Jennings looks good to return to the starting lineup for the Giants this week.
"It definitely feels good," Jennings said. "It's not fun when you're at home watching on the couch with your dog looking at you like you're crazy."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said earlier in the week that he didn't expect to give Jennings a full workload in his first game back. But reminded Friday that Andre Brown had 30 carries in his first game back from injury last year after Coughlin made a similar comment about him, Coughlin seemed to relent.
"And we won the game, right?" Coughlin asked rhetorically. "Maybe he gets 50 carries. Whatever it takes to get a win."
Jennings is on board. The Giants averaged 83 rush yards per game with him out and rookie Andre Williams starting. In the five games Jennings started earlier in the year, they averaged 121.
"If I'm out there, I'm going," Jennings said. "No hesitation, no restrictions. I can go as many as they need."
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins has been ruled out with a calf injury. Jenkins injured his calf in Week 7 in Dallas and sat out the Week 9 game against the Colts following the bye. He returned to the field Sunday in Seattle but re-injured his calf late in that game and didn't practice this week.
Running back Peyton Hillis and linebacker Jacquian Williams, who both suffered concussions in Sunday's game, also have been ruled out for the 49ers game. The Giants will get Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger more involved at linebacker to replace Williams, who has been their full-time starter on the weak side this year and whose speed has been an asset in coverage. With Hillis and Michael Cox (broken leg) both out, Andre Williams and newly signed Orleans Darkwa could see more action behind Jennings at running back. Fullback Henry Hynoski also could get some carries.
Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, safety Nat Berhe, tight end Daniel Fells and defensive end Damontre Moore, all of whom were on the injury report at some point during this past week, are all listed as probable.