Weapons Return to Work

The Giants offense is whole again. Coach Tom Coughlin said Plaxico Burress, Jeremy Shockey and Tim Carter, who all nursed injuries last week, are feeling better and practiced well on Tuesday.

"They seemed to do okay," Coughlin said. "We'll see how they are tomorrow, but they all practiced and took plenty of snaps."

Burress said in the locker room prior to practice that his back is fine.

"It's a hundred percent," he said. "I'm off the injury list, so that's the last time you'll have to ask me about my back. I was having spasms. I just needed rest more than anything. Getting rehabbed during the week and over the weekend helped me a lot and I'm back to feeling normal again."

Burress had a rough outing against the Seahawks. He lost a fumble at the end of his only reception, a 23-yarder. Another Eli Manning pass bounced off his body and was intercepted by safety Michael Boulware.

"The last time I was out there was very distasteful because I didn't perform the way I'm expected to," Burress said. "This week for me is (about) going out and getting reps and practicing as fast as I can and work hard. Anything I can pick up in the classroom to help me out and the team. I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait until Sunday."...

Four players did not practice: wide receiver Sinorice Moss (quad), linebacker Carlos Emmons (pec strain), safety James Butler (knee) and running back Derrick Ward (foot). Although Carlos Emmons indicated that he hoped to play against Washington, Coughlin said that won't happen. Rookie Gerris Wilkinson and veteran Brandon Short are working at Emmons' weakside linebacker position.

"Gerris has made good progress," Coughlin said. "He really has. He's been steady and when given an opportunity to play, he's played okay. He's done a good job, so we'll see."

Coughlin was asked whether putting a rookie into the starting lineup was a "wild card." Wilkins had four solo tackles after replacing Emmons in Seattle.

"Well, we saw what he did in the game a week ago," Coughlin said. "He did a good job, and in practice last week he did a good job, and so we have to figure that he will continue. I'm sure there will be some things that will be thrown at him that he hasn't seen, that's obvious. He'll play hard. He has time to practice and that helps. He has time to work his way up, and so he's been in the show. Both of those guys are getting reps."

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