Not practicing were LB Keith Bulluck (toe), WR Victor Cruz (hamstring), RB D.J. Ware (groin) and DB Brian Jackson (neck). C Shaun O'Hara (ankle) and DE Mathias Kiwanuka worked out lightly and are both optimistic about returning to the field soon.
"I feel pretty good. I did individual. I think the one thing that we're trying to do is just not do too much the first day, and really we're just kind of hoping for the best and hope it feels the same tomorrow," said O'Hara. "It felt better today than it did last week. I think everything I did today, nothing really was too painful. I think that's what we're hoping happens tomorrow, hoping it stays the same."
He is frustrated by the amount of time he has already missed and is aiming to be active this weekend. "I hope so. Otherwise, what the hell am I doing out here? I mean it's taken longer than I would have liked so I'm pushing (for Sunday)."
Kiwanuka's disc problem in his neck appears to be getting better, but he still may be a few weeks away. He was out on the field but has not been cleared for practice. He is also under no illusions about surgery as a solution.
"From the reports I'm getting, everyone's body is different and everyone responds differently to different treatments so it's a matter of when it happens," Kiwanuka said. "We are very optimistic that it will subside on its own, but it's a matter of when it does. .....I haven't ruled out anything. Nothing is off the table yet. I'm still keeping the hope alive, and hopefully it'll work itself out. There are always constant doctor's visits, and they're staying on top of it. They're doing a very good job of monitoring the situation. From my standpoint, it's a wait and see situation."
Eli Manning is fully aware the Lions have a Jim Schwartz defense that is aggressive and focuses on takeaways....
"They're a good team. They have a talented front four, talented defense, number one in the league in getting turnovers. Every game they have played has come down to the fourth quarter so they've had a chance to win every game except the Minnesota game, which got a little bit out of reach but not much. They were still very much in every game. They're very talented, and offensively they have playmakers. We have our hands full. We have to have a great week of practice, and we're off to a good start today. It's not a team that we play very often so we have to watch a lot of film, get prepared, and have a great plan."quotes courtesy Giants Communications dept