New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that he is optimistic running back Rashad Jennings will play Sundayagainst the San Francisco 49ers, which would be his first action since suffering an MCL sprain Week 5. For his part, Jennings is taking nothing for granted.
"I take it day-by-day. I think you have all figured me out by now. Control what I can control, that's ... right now, Coughlin Time is 2:22, I'm going to get in this cold tub, do everything I can do, lift weights, study the film like I'm playing every single week and see what happens," Jennings said.
The veteran running back, still the Giants' leading rusher with 396 yards, said he was "definitely encouraged" after practicing on Wednesday and that he is "anxious to get back on the field."
"This is my livelihood, this is what I do as a profession. It's my job, it's my business, it's what I love to do. When you're unable to perform on the field, you feel like something's stripped away from you," Jennings said.
The Giants are certainly also anxious to have him back. They have missed his running and his ability to help Eli Manning as a receiver, where he has 11 receptions, which also still leads Giants running backs.
The Giants PR department released numbers showing that Andre Williams has 114 rushing attempts this season, including four touchdowns of three or less yards. Of his other 110 carries, 75 (68.2 percent) have gained less than four yards. Of Jennings' 91 attempts, 47 have gained less than four yards (51.6 percent).