Thursday Morning Report: What’s Going on Here?

John Fennelly , Lead Writer

Planes, trains and automobiles. No matter which one you choose these days around here, you’re bound to run into trouble. Airports keep opening and closing, trains are few and far between and automobiles should be used with caution – you never know where your next gallon of gas is coming from.

That is, of course, if you have water and power in your home to even start your day. If you don’t, you may not want to leave it unattended. Looters are running rampant, and if you miss a visit from a city or town inspector, it may be weeks before they return.

Almost two weeks after Superstorm Sandy hit the NY/NJ/CT region, nearly 3/4 million people are still without power. It didn’t help matters that Mother Nature just dumped a half-foot of snow on our heads and soaked the teeming piles of uncollected garbage in front of almost every address. There are thousands whose lives have been turned upside-down and inside-out. Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and dreams have been shattered. The resolve of entire Tri-Stare area is being tested like never before.

Football? Oh, I’m sorry. There’s football going on. Almost forgot about that. Many of the Giants are dealing with the same issues their fans are. As Gov. Christie of Jersey said yesterday “I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next.” With that said, it’s been hard for anyone to concentrate on football around here, including the people that play it and coach it for a living.

Quick Hits

The Giants practiced at TIMEX yesterday. LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT Chris Canty (groin), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), G Chris Snee (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee) did not partake. Of that group, only Bradshaw was being held for precautionary purposes. Tom Coughlin said Phillips would not dress again until after the Week 11 bye.  Everyone else is ailing.

Snee hurt his ankle early on in the loss to the Steelers last week. He played through it, so he will most likely suck it up and play this week. Nicks’ knee swelled up again and the doctors decided to give him a day off. Canty said yesterday that he felt good to go for Sunday. Blackburn and Williams are still dealing with longer-term injuries.

C David Baas (ankle, elbow), TE Bear Pascoe (ankle) and LB Keith Rivers (calf) were limited.

Safety Will Hill returned to practice yesterday, having completed his four-game suspension for violating the league’s banned substance rules. Although he can practice with the team this week, a decision must be made on adding him back to the roster by Monday. In order for that to happen, the Giants must make room for him.

GEICO SportsNite talks with Giants offensive lineman David Diehl about trying to avoid a second-half slide.