Here is your practice report from Day 9 of New York Giants training camp at UAlbany. The best new of the day was that cornerback Terrell Thomas will avoid surgery for now on the twice-torn ACL in his right knee.
Starting left tackle Will Beatty missed his third straight practice, and coach Tom Coughlin said Beatty is dealing with sciatica in his back. Coughlin said the team is being "very, very cautious" with Beatty until the sciatica is under control.
Other Injury News: Cornerback Prince Amukamara missed practice, and Coughlin said he has a "little hamstring." ... Linebackers Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn returned to practice Monday. ... Defensive end Justin Trattou (ankle) is no longer in a walking boot, but is uncertain when he will be able to return to practice. ... Linebacker Jacquain Williams also missed practice again.
Player Who Impressed: Another excellent practice for David Douglas, with two highlight-reel catches, one on a leaping catch over the middle with a cornerback (not sure which one) draped all over him. Later, Douglas caught a corner fade from Ryan Perrilloux for a touchdown, beating cornerback Janzen Jackson. Jackson must be getting tired of lining up across from Douglas, who has dominated him almost every day.
Now for some other camp highlights ...
- Danny Ware had a beautiful cutback on a run, taking a play off right tackle and bouncing up the middle for a nice run.
- Will Hill, the undrafted free agent safety, got a lot of reps with the first unit on Monday. On one play, a third-and-two situation, Hill was lined up with Victor Cruz in the slot. Cruz beat Hill at the release and made a first-down catch. Hill heard about that from safeties coach Dave Merritt.
- Defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks laid on the field for a couple of minutes at one point before being helped off. As of now, his injury is unknown.
- Greg Jones twice had good hits on running back David Wilson, collisions that would have been really violent if Jones had actually been allowed to tackle the rookie running back.
- Martellus Bennett did a great job selling a throw-back screen and ended up hauling in a pass from Perrilloux that went for a huge gain.
- During a four-minute drill Mark Herzlich drew the ire of Coughlin for failing to call a defensive timeout after a run stop by the defense. This drill was designed with the defense needing to make a stop and get the ball back with time left on the clock.