Eli Apple misses Giants practice with an ankle injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Apple was on the field with his New York Giants teammates on Thursday. He just wasn't practicing with them.

Coach Ben McAdoo said Apple “felt his ankle a little bit.” Apple said he was kicked going against some of the wide receivers during Tuesday’s practice.

Sitting out was termed precautionary. Apple’s injury isn’t believed to be serious. It still could keep him out of Monday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.

“I’m not sure. I’m just going to take it one day at a time and see what happens,” Apple said.

He might not be the only Giant unable to play in the second preseason game of the summer. Wide receivers Darius Powe (hamstring), Dwayne Harris (upper body) and Kevin Snead (lower leg) and linebacker Mark Herzlich (stinger) also missed Tuesday's practice. Powe rode the stationary bike early in practice and Harris worked on the side with a trainer. Neither appear far off from returning to the field though.

Herzlich might be a different story. He was inside the team facility receiving treatment in the training room. He returned to practice earlier this week and wore a yellow jersey to declare him non-contact, but has not been outside since Sunday.

“He’s progressing,” McAdoo said. “He is not where we want him to be yet to put him back on the field, but he is working through it.”

There was some more positive news on the injury front. Running back Shaun Draughn (ankle) worked in team drills for the first time since being activated off the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday. He looked spry and ran without a limp.

Linebacker J.T. Thomas (knee) is being brought along a little slower after being activated from PUP. He worked in individual drills only on Thursday.

Linebacker Devon Kennard (soreness) and guard Adam Gettis (eye) were full participants in practice. Gettis missed Tuesday and Kennard was limited in the previous two practices.