Packers-Giants: Player notes

Injury updates, news on individuals from each team

GREEN BAY PACKERS
-- C Scott Wells didn't take part in contact drills for the second straight day as he continues to receive treatment for soreness stemming from a strained glute. Head coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Thursday that Wells would be fine to play in the NFC Championship on Sunday.

-- RG Jason Spitz has handled the first-team reps at center with Wells sidelined in practice. Spitz would slide over from his starting spot if Wells needs to come out at some point in the game. Tony Moll is the backup at right guard.

-- MLB Nick Barnett was limited in team work Thursday, a day after he was held out of contact drills to rest a sore hamstring. He's expected to be fine to make the start Sunday.

-- WR Greg Jennings was the only player on the team's injury report who had full participation Thursday. He has been managing with a sore groin in recent weeks but will be ready for the game.

-- CB Will Blackmon continues to make progress with a right foot injury that kept him out of the last game. Blackmon went through drills on a limited basis for the second straight day. A decision on whether to activate him Sunday will be made after the coaches and medical staff see how Blackmon fares in practice Friday.

NEW YORK GIANTS
-- The only player on the Giants' roster with a Super Bowl ring is guard/center Grey Ruegamer, who played for the New England Patriots when they won Super Bowl XXXVI. The only two Giants with previous Super Bowl experience, both in XXXV when they lost to Baltimore, are DE Michael Strahan and WR Amani Toomer.

-- RB Brandon Jacobs, the Giants' leading rusher this season with 1,009 yards, asked to compare himself with the second running back in the game, rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. "Well, he's short and squatty so it's harder to see him in there, and when defenses have taken the pounding I give 'em (Jacobs is 6-feet-4 and 265 pounds) it's difficult for them to run behind a guy with fresh legs who is as quick and as fast as he is."

-- Jacobs and Green Bay rookie CB Tramon Williams played on the same high school team in Napoleonville, LA. "I'm really happy for him," Jacobs said. "He never even got a college scholarship when we graduated and it has always been a case of him scratching and hoping for a chance." Jacobs attended Auburn and then Southern Illinois; Williams went to Louisiana Tech as a walk-on.

-- CB Kevin Dockery (hip flexor) appears to be out for the third consecutive week. "He didn't practice," said head coach Tom Coughlin, "and I'm not sure that he will."

-- ORT Kareem McKenzie (ankle) went through the full practice and is considered likely to play Sunday.

-- CB Aaron Ross was limited in practice "but he did more than other guys who are limited," Coughlin added.

-- On the trade of Packers RB Ryan Grant to the Packers on Sept. 1, Coughlin added this: "We had five or six running backs, a number of people, who we felt could play in the NFL, and that was just too many to keep."

-- CB Sam Madison (abdominal muscle strain) was termed "limited" at practice and Coughlin said: "He has to show me he can maneuver within his position without worry or injury and be able to defend himself and his job without any interference of limitations."


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