Hakeem Nicks was limited in practice for the New York Giants on Monday, nursing an apparent groin injury. Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked if Nicks, who last season suffered a broken foot and a knee injury that required surgery, is being overly cautious.
"I don't know that," Coughlin said. "We just want him out there competing and practicing. The guy has not practiced and he really needs to get out there. We'll have to see the extent of which we have an issue here."
The Giants are scheduled to practice in shoulder pads Tuesday and full pads on Thursday. Coughlin said the players are ready for it.
"We need that," Coughlin said. "You get to this point and, quite frankly, they bang on each other more than they’re supposed to and no matter how many times you talk about hands and feet, there are a lot of shoulders. So we need the protection of that, especially as they get more and more aggressive."
The Giants will practice Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. They will have their first off day on Wednesday.
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Quarterback Eli Manning is playing it cool when it comes to Nicks missing practice time with a groin injury.
"Hakeem is being smart. He is coming off some injuries. He’s going to take it slow and do what he’s got to do to make sure when he’s out there he is full speed and is prepared for these preseason games and sat the start of the regular season coming in healthy. We have some time and it is early on and he has been limited in some practices over the spring, so we just want to make sure he goes at his pace that’s going to keep him healthy for the upcoming year."
Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore, impressive in the early stages of training camp, knows he has a reputation as being "only" a pass rusher. He hopes to change that.
"That’s all I’ve been labeled as. So I’m just trying to go out there and just prove a lot of people wrong," Moore said. "I feel like I have to work on it [stopping the run] just as much as anything else in my game. This is a whole different level, a whole new league. The competition is bigger, faster and stronger and at the same time I have to get bigger, faster and stronger and just improve my game so I can be well-rounded."
Rookie first-round pick Justin Pugh is competing with David Diehl for the right tackle job. He was asked Monday about the competition.
I just get out there and work and learn from him. Obviously he’s been there eleven years and he knows the ropes and how to play the game. So I’m just going to get out there. I know my role, right now I’m running with the twos. Just learn as much as I can from him and go out there and compete. That’s all I can do. I just challenge myself to get better each day.
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