New York Giants Training Camp: Shawn Andrews, Two-Time Pro Bowler, Signed

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Giants Have Apparently Been Eyeing Andrews For A While

In a move Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger called “stunning,” the New York Giants have signed two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Shawn Andrews.

Andrews is a 6-foot-4, 335-pound former Philadelphia Eagle. He is a talented, but troubled and oft-injured player who spent last season on IR.

“Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn’s progress for a while now,” general manager Jerry Reese said in the team’s press release. “He looks great and had a very good workout for us yesterday. He can play both guard and both tackle positions. We just have to take him slow for the rest of the preseason to get him into game shape. Shawn is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to play for the New York Giants.”

This move tells you the Giants have to be concerned about the condition of Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee’s knee, and about their overall offensive line depth.

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Dominic Randolph Signed To Give Giants Protection At QB

With starting quarterback Eli Manning and backup Jim Sorgi both unavailable for Saturday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers the the New York Giants have added Dominic Randolph to their roster.

Randolph, an undrafted free agent from Holy Cross was signed and released by the Giants this spring.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Manning will not play Saturday for the simple reason that he can’t put on a helmet without a risk of ripping open the 12 stitches he has in his forehead after Monday night’s preseason opener against the New York Jets. He may practice some.

“There is a question about what he can do with a hat on rather than a helmet. I’m not going to rush that and if the doctor says it’s OK for him to throw then maybe he’ll do some throwing but he’s definitely not going to put the helmet on,” Coughlin said.

Manning passed his concussion test Wednesday morning, and feels good. Other than not being able to put a helmet on, of course.

“I physically feel fine,” Manning said. "I threw some balls today, running around, I know what’s going on and I’m all there so it’s just a matter of getting the helmet on.

“I always thought my first game ever at Philadelphia, would be the biggest hit I’d ever take, Jerome McDougle kind of gave me a good pop but this is right up there, kind of a double whammy, you get a little blood and stuff, its always a good hit, so hopefully this will be the worst one.”

Second-year quarterback Rhett Bomar took all the snaps in practice Wednesday as Sorgi did not even attempt to throw.

According to Vacchiano the Giants are sending Sorgi to the Hospital for Special Surgery for an MRI on his shoulder. Sorgi has a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder to begin with, and Vacchiano said there is “some concern” about his status.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know. The doctors are going to have to come and tell us what that status is. He’s sore and he could not practice today,” said Coughlin.

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Safety Gets About a Dozen Plays

Safety Kenny Phillips, sidelined since Week 2 of the 2009 season with an arthritic knee condition that required micro-fracture surgery, practiced with the New York Giants today for the first time this season.

Phillips did individual drills and took about 12 snaps, working in a rotation where he took only two snaps at any given time. Coach Tom Coughlin said the Giants will "feed him back in slow, real slow." Phillips will not play in next Monday's exhibition opener against the New York Jets.

"We had him out there, which was good and gave him a couple of snaps on each drill," Coughlin said. "He did OK. He hit the ground once, which was good."

Phillips spoke to the media following the practice.

"I wasn't worried about my knee at all," he said regarding a play in which he got knocked down. "I jumped right back up and tried to get back to the ball."

Phillips has remained positive for the past several months during his rehabilitation. While others doubted he could return from patellofemoral arthritis, he did not.

"I had no doubts. The trainers and doctors assured me I could make a full recovery, so I had no doubts at all."

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