Giants’ oft injured defensive tackle, Marvin Austin, was at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Tuesday for tests on his back. Indications were positive and Austin was quoted by the New York Daily News as saying it was “a little back ache.”
But hold on just a minute. Not according to Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “They’re doing more tests,” Coughlin told the Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano. “He said he felt pretty good today. A lot of the early symptoms were no longer there. But they’re going to do another set of tests on him. We’re hoping that within a reasonable amount of time he can come back and play.”
Austin will almost certainly not get any reps against the Jets this week and his availability for the rest of the preseason is still very much in question. As we mentioned yesterday, the Giants added defensive tackles Carlton Powell and Oren Wilson. Today they also signed DT Marcus Thomas to a one year deal and released Clint Sintim after he failed a physical.
Will Beatty missed practice because of, yes, back pains.
Terrell Thomas did some running in a pool for the first time since his recent knee injury. His return to any type of football action is still not known.
Coach Coughlin said Laron Scott might get a chance to return kickoffs vs. the Jets. Scott had a 67-yard return for New Orleans in the Hall of Fame game, but was waived the following day.
Tight end Bear Pasco and safety Tyler Sash got into a skirmish near the end of practice.
“I didn’t like it,” Coughlin said. “It wasn’t necessary. It was actually after the play was over.”
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