Giants looking healthier at practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants returned to work looking as healthy as they have been all season.

Defensive end Justin Tuck (neck/groin), right guard Chris Snee (concussion) and running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) were among several key players back on the practice field as the Giants returned from their bye week Monday.

Also, rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot) and wide receiver Ramses Barden (ankle) did some limited work with the team.

Fullback Henry Hynoski (neck/burner) and safety Kenny Phillips (ribs) also practiced. In fact, the only Giant not seen on the field during the early portion of practice open to the media was backup center Adam Koets.

"We'll see how they are tomorrow, these guys coming back from this stuff," coach Tom Coughlin said of the injured players who returned to the field. "Trying to stay away from getting anybody in a position where they would be sore. We will have to see."

Snee passed his baseline test last Tuesday and was back on the field feeling good.

"Everything's fine," Snee said. "I passed all my tests last week. And I've been headache-free for over a week now. I practiced today and I feel good."

Tuck, who has not played since Sept. 25 against Philadelphia, said last week that he expects to play this Sunday against Miami. Tuck has missed the last three games with pain in his neck and a groin injury.

The defensive captain spoke briefly to reporters but offered no insight as to how he's feeling.

Jacobs missed the last two games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament of his right knee. When asked if Jacobs had any swelling in the knee, Coughlin said, "as of this morning he was doing pretty well."

While Tuck may play this Sunday, Amukamara might need a little more time before making his pro debut. The Giants' first-round pick has been out since breaking a bone in his foot during his second practice of the season after holding out early in training camp.

Amukamara began doing some light work before the Giants' bye week and he went through some special teams and individual drills on Monday.

"I felt good and I didn't feel [any] pain," Amukamara said. "Usually by this time last week, after all that activity, my foot would be throbbing. But now it feels pretty good but I still have to rehab it and take care of it."

"I think coach Coughlin's timetable for me is to take it day by day," the cornerback added. "I'm allowed to run full speed in drills and stuff like that but he wants to ease me in."

Koets and Barden are both on the physically unable to perform list and the Giants have a three-week window to activate both players once they start practicing. Barden's three-week period has started as he caught a few passes and went through roughly one third of the practice.

Coughlin said "we will see" when asked if the receiver will be activated off the PUP list.

"I'm preparing myself mentally and physically as if not only am I going to play, I'm going to contribute," Barden said.

Koets, however, appears to be a ways away from contributing. Coughlin revealed that the center has been dealing with a back injury for weeks. Koets had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year but has suffered setbacks in his comeback.

"Koets has had other developments," Coughlin said. "His back is an issue. So he is not ready to start [practicing]. It has been a process that has gone on for some time quite frankly. It hasn't cleared up in probably the last five weeks. You can't put a number on it. I am not exactly sure when it first showed up but it has been a lengthy thing for him."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.