LB Jessie Armstead sat out practice on Wednesday with a strained calf and hamstring, compliments of an injury he suffered in Washington last Sunday. The Giants list Armstead as questionable. Conventional wisdom says that he'll sit out, as most mortals would. But ruling Armstead out for anything would be foolish.
"If I stay with the progress I've already made, I think I have a chance to play," he said. "I've been progressing. I'll probably try to run on Friday." Jim Fassel would love to see his All Pro ‘backer on the field, but he wants to be smart about it. "Jessie's doing better," Fassel said. "We'll prepare for him and without him. We'll make a game-time decision. I'll get a pretty good feel by Friday or Saturday. I'll put him in the same category that I put Tiki (Barber, who missed two games with a hamstring injury). I'm not sure with the nature of that injury that it's something you test right before the game for the very first time. I'm not saying I wouldn't do it if he's real close on Saturday and then on Sunday he says, ‘I'm good' and the doctor says he's not going to hurt himself."
Armstead was injured on the play when Michael Strahan almost dropped Redskins RB Stephen Davis for a safety. He was part of a LB dog, got tangled up in traffic and fell back awkwardly. Armstead joked that if he had "any confidence in [Strahan] making the open-field tackle," that he probably wouldn't have had to join the play and wouldn't have gotten hurt.
The other three injured Giants – CB Will Allen (ankle), DT Keith Hamilton (shoulder), and DT Lance Legree (pectoral muscle) – are all listed as probable. Allen practiced and expects to play, while the two D-linemen sat out, but still hope to be ready for Sunday.