Giants coach Tom Coughlin officially ruled concussed tight end Kevin Boss out of Sunday's game in Indianapolis.
Boss will not practice this week, Coughlin said. But Coughlin made no predictions on when his pass-catching tight end would return.
Boss, however, thought he might be back by next week, even though doctors have not looked beyond the current week.
"I'm pretty sure I'll be back next week," Boss said.
Had this been two years ago, before the NFL instituted their new rules about holding out players with concussions, Boss said he probably would have re-entered the game. He said he even tried to talk the medical staff into allowing him to play the second half of last week's game, but their better judgement prevailed.
"Yeah, I might have," Boss said. "But I'm glad they made the right decision and didn't leave it up to me."
Coughlin was not sure about the future status of backup tackle Will Beatty, who will undergo surgery on a fractured right fifth metatarsal Thursday. Beatty will be out an extended period, during which time former Eagle Shawn Andrews will step into the backup tackle spot.
The one bit of good news the Giants did receive came when CB Aaron Ross returned to full practice after missing the opening week with plantar fasciitis. Given that the Colts field a full complement of dangerous receivers, "we need all the players we can get out there," Coughlin said.
DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) and WR Hakeem Nicks (ankle), and LB Phillip Dillard (hamstring) did not practice, though Umenyiora and Nicks are expected to resume work Thursday. LB Chase Blackburn (knee) is day to day and did not work Wednesday. LB Gerris Wilkinson (groin) did limited work.
Nicks said he could get back to work Thursday."My ankle's doing good," Nicks said. "I rolled it the second quarter of the game. It was just a little sore today, so I stayed off it. Depending on how it's feeling in the morning, we'll make that decision (to return)."