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Tough to imagine Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie playing Thursday

The New York Giants didn't practice Monday, since they played Sunday, but NFL rules mandate that they release an injury report that imagines the extent to which their various injured players would have practiced if they had.

As is often the case with the Giants and injuries, the news isn't great.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion), defensive end Robert Ayers (hamstring), wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf), tight end Jerome Cunningham (knee), tackle Ereck Flowers (ankle), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee), defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (foot) and guard Geoff Schwartz (illness) were all listed as "did not practice," meaning they wouldn't have participated if the Giants had held a practice.

Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a burner early in Sunday's game, returned to the game and then suffered a concussion. It's difficult to imagine him clearing the league's concussion protocol in time to play in the Giants' next game, which is Thursday night at home against Washington. Not impossible, mind you, but difficult to imagine. Jayron Hosley took over for him Sunday.

Flowers injured his ankle in the season opener in Dallas, finished that game, practiced hurt all last week but did not return to Sunday's game after re-injuring the ankle. Flowers is obviously a tough kid who will push to play, but the facts of the re-injury and the short turnaround seem to make it unlikely. We will know more Tuesday, when the Giants actually do practice.

Don't expect to see Cruz, who hasn't practiced for more than a month due to his calf injury. The Giants are hoping Cruz can practice enough between now and the Week 4 game in Buffalo to make his return to the field that day, but until he's on the practice field they can't have anything resembling a realistic timetable for his return.

Odighizuwa and Kuhn missed Sunday's game with their injuries. Ayers, Cunningham and Schwartz are newcomers to the injury report this week, but it's possible their injuries are game-related nicks and they'll be back on the practice field Tuesday.

Linebacker Jon Beason (knee), defensive tackle Jay Bromley (knee), tight end Daniel Fells (foot) and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) were all listed as limited participants in Monday's theoretical practice. Beason and Fells both missed Sunday's game, and Fells didn't practice all of last week, so the "limited" designation is a potential good sign for them. Fells, Cunningham and Larry Donnell are the only tight ends on the roster.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said return specialist Dwayne Harris had a toe injury Sunday and that's why he sat out the final kick return. But Harris was not listed on Monday's injury report, and Coughlin said he was not sent for tests with the other injured players.