The New York Giants on Tuesday and Wednesday will hold joint practices with the Bengals in Cincinnati. It's the first time the Giants have practiced with another team since 2005, when the Jets traveled to Albany and Jeremy Shockey, Jonathan Vilma and others got into a fight on the practice field.
The Giants already this camp have had three or four fights among teammates in their own practices. And after Washington and Houston got into it a few times in a joint practice Saturday in Richmond, Virginia, naturally the topic came up with Giants coach Tom Coughlin about the possibility of things getting ugly in Cincinnati.
"It's already been addressed," Coughlin said Saturday. "(Bengals coach Marvin Lewis) and I have already talked about that, in the spring. We want good, solid work, but we don't want any of that."
Coughlin said the plan is for the teams to practice in full pads Tuesday and "uppers" (shoulder pads only) on Wednesday. So there will be some live hitting, which is why rehabbing wide receiver Victor Cruz and likely some others will be limited to individual drills and held out of any activity that involves the teams in opposition with each other. Cruz also won't play in Friday night's preseason opener in Cincinnati, though he said Saturday he hopes the Giants will let him see at least some game action before the end of the preseason.
The only Giants who didn't make the trip were tackle Will Beatty (chest), cornerback Chykie Brown (knee), safety Nat Berhe (calf), linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) and guard Geoff Schwartz (foot), whose injuries are serious enough that they wouldn't be able to practice at all. It's something of a surprise that cornerback Prince Amukamara, who has missed the past several practices with a groin strain, is going. And it's a good sign for safety Bennett Jackson (quad), tackle Ereck Flowers (hip) and center Weston Richburg (knee) that their injuries didn't keep them home. The fact that those guys are on the trip doesn't ensure that they will practice or play in the game, but it indicates that the team thinks they're healthy enough to at least do something this week, which bodes well for their recoveries.