Chris Snee came off the PUP list on Tuesday and practiced for the first time. The veteran New York Giants offensive lineman is glad for the opportunity to get in some work before the preseason games start.
"Maybe some guys think they can get away without playing in the preseason but I wouldn’t feel comfortable going into Dallas without having done some reps in this preseason," Snee said. "This is the time just to get the rust off."
Head coach Tom Coughlin was glad to see Snee back on the field.
"He needs work. He needs to practice. He needs to be up front with a guy not too far away, react quickly and make all the adjustments," Coughlin said. "So we all need practice. He’s done it and he’s done it very well, so he’ll come along fast, but he does have to practice like everybody else."
Snee, who had hip surgery in the offseason, is unlikely to play Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers when the Giants open the preseason.
Coughlin anxious to watch Terrell Thomas
Terrell Thomas joined Snee in coming off the PUP list on Tuesday. Thomas said he was anxious to see how his body responded after two years away, Coughlin is also anxious to see whether or not Thomas can help the Giants.
"I think the major thing is to get him on the field, get him practicing, bring him along accordingly, and then let him indicate or show us," Coughlin said. "I’m not speculating, he’s here for a reason. He’s been an outstanding football player, we think he can be again. Of course, we’ve got to get him on the field. So this is a good start, it’ll be slow, but we’ll get to that point."
Thomas won't play against the Steelers.
Nicks taking it slow
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks took part in practice Tuesday, but on a very limited basis.
"I would have liked to have done more, but I’m going to stick to what they want me to do right now," Nicks said. "I felt good. I have got to keep going up from here. The reps they’ve got me doing right now is really not too much, so I’ve just got to keep on working as more and more gets thrown on me. Take it in stride."
Corey Webster took pretty much a full load of snaps in his first day back from a groin injury.
"It feels great to be back." Webster said. "You never want to be on the sidelines watching your teammates go to work. So I feel great, I had a great time being out there today with my teammates, fighting with them. Injury felt good and I’ll just start getting my way back into it.
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