Thursday Camp notes

ALBANY - Most everything Tom Coughlin tried to do by altering his practice schedule for this training camp was designed to prevent injuries. The Giants got few the first few days relatively unscathed but not escape the first week without losing a player they were counting on to provide depth.

Rookie defensive end Eric Moore suffered the first significant injury setback of camp when he went down on August 3rd and had to be carted off the field. A day later, he was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and he'll be out at least two weeks. "And maybe longer,'' Coughlin warned.

Moore, a sixth-round draft pick from Florida State, was part of the acutely thin depth at defensive end. He's currently walking with the aid of crutches. "Freak accident,'' Moore said. "I'll get over it.''

Already painfully thin at defensive end, the Giants had to shuffle their linemen for practice, moving Fred Robbins and Kenderick Allen from tackle to end.

* After struggling early, backup QB Tim Hasselbeck had his best day of camp thus far, completing three long passes, including one to Amani Toomer and two to Mark Jones.

"The more I'm here the more comfortable I keep getting in this offense, knowing where to go and when opportunities like that will come up,'' Hasselbeck said.

Clearly, this was a better showing for Hasselbeck. "He'll have a day when he won't make that play down the field and then he'll have a day when he does,'' Coughlin said. "He just keeps coming back. The resiliency factor is important to be evaluated at the quarterback position because you're not always going to have the best of days, so you're always going to have to bounce back.''

S Curry Burns left the field in the morning via ambulance after he hurt his neck after hitting the ground defending an Eli Manning pass to Toomer that was picked off by Will Allen. Burns had X-rays taken at St. Peter's Hospital as a precautionary measure, which revealed a concussion.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe missed the morning workout with a swollen knee. "We're running every test known to man and we'll see where that is,'' Coughlin said. ... WR Plaxico Burress said his strained hip flexor is not painful but it restricts sudden movement, meaning he cannot run at full speed. He continues to work out in a pool and missed two more practices. "I'll make my decision [to return] based on how I feel,'' he said. "It's a long season.'' ... Remember Gary Brown? The former Giants RB - he gained a team-high 1,063 yards in 1998 - is at camp as part of the minority fellowship intern coaches program. For the past six years, Brown has been the running backs coach at Lycoming College, a Division III school in Williamsport, Pa. ... The Jets visit tomorrow for two practices vs. the Giants.

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