Plax Slowed by Knee Too

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As if Plaxico Burress' troublesome right ankle wasn't enough he missed Thursday's workout with a bothersome left knee as well.

As he did Wednesday, Burress dressed for practice, loosened up and tried to run a few routes and catch a few passes in the first few minutes. Five hours earlier at the team's interview session, Burress said he anticipated being able to practice.

Burress shut it down early Thursday and spent the remainder of the one-hour-50-minute practice in the training room receiving treatment.

"He has an ankle that always has been a problem, but he also has some issues with a knee that off and on in the past has bothered him," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's the thing right now. Between the two of them, that's why he's not working. He comes out and tries to go and can't go."

Coughlin said he's hopeful Burress will feel better for Friday's practice.

"Who knows, it may be related," Coughlin said of the knee and ankle issues. "It's a matter of how fast the swelling goes down so he can deal with it."

Cornerback Kevin Dockery, who missed four of the past five games with a hip flexor, and guard Rich Seubert, who suffered a knee injury in the second half of the NFC Championship Game against the Packers, participated in all of Thursday's practice and should be ready for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Both players took about half of the snaps on Wednesday. The Thursday practice, which took place at the Arizona Cardinals' facility, was spirited. Plus, it was slightly noisier than the Wednesday workout. A noise machine was used to simulate some of the noise distractions the Giants will face during the Super Bowl. The volume wasn't cranked up as much as it would have for a normal road game, but Coughlin indicated the players like to practice at times with the noise.

"The energy level has been really high," Coughlin said of the spirited workout. "They were obviously flying around pretty good. I thought the execution was okay. We're moving toward the game. We're getting there. We're sure getting there."

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