Jacobs Plans to Play

Brandon Jacobs returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday and vowed to play Sunday night against Carolina.

Jacobs, the Giants' leading rusher with 1,002 yards, has a knee injury.

"I want to be out there to help our team win," Jacobs said. "Whatever I can do to help us win, I'm all for that."

Without Jacobs, the Giants rushed for a season-low 72 yards in Dallas. Jacobs tried to convince vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes and coordinator of rehabilitation Byron Hansen to let him suit up for the Cowboys game but was turned down.

"I pleaded with Ronnie and Byron, because they work with us every day and they have been doing this for years,8 0 Jacobs said. "So I feel I can tell them anything and get their input, but they said no."

Jacobs thinks it will be different as he prepares for the Panthers.

"I don't want to plead this week," he said. "There is no choice. I want to go. Whoever I have to talk to in order to get this verdict. that's what I'm going to do."

Jacobs also missed the game at Arizona on Nov. 23. The Giants ran for 87 yards, but won, 37-29.

"He made, I think, very good progress last week," Coughlin said. "But we will see. He is going to have to go on the practice field and practice and do the t hings to get (himself) ready to play. And we will see it on a daily basis how he responds after practice and the next morning."

Asked if he was optimistic about Jacobs returning this week, Coughlin said, "We'll see."

Elsewhere on the injury front, two starters, wide receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle/foot) and defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder), were among the five players who did not practice today.

"(Hixon) didn't do any more (to re-injure his ankle and foot in Dallas), he just came up sore again, which was not unexpected," Coughlin said. "So we are going to have to go day-by-day on him as well.

"(Robbins) is coming along. I wish I could tell you it was leaps and bounds, but steady. And I did discuss with him, I think on Monday, where I thought his strength would have to be in order for him to be able to help us. And he is doing everything he can to get to that point."

Also missing practice were wide receiver Sinorice Moss (calf), running back Derrick Ward (ankle) and linebacker Gerris Wilkinson (knee).

(Moss has) a calf strain, which is obviously not good for a receiver and a kick/punt returner," Coughlin said. "So it is not, according to the MRI, something that will be, I don't think, debilitating over a long period of time. But it is going to be touch and go this week."

In addition to Jacobs, two players were limited: tackle Kareem McKenzie (back) and Tuc k (lower leg).

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), safety Kenny Phillips (concussion) and guard Rich Seubert (illness) practiced fully.

For Carolina, defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu (ankle), defensive end Hilee Taylor (calf) and guard Keydrick Vincent (groin) did not practice. Wide receiver Kenneth Moore (hamstring) was limited.

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