EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rich Seubert waited for fellow offensive lineman Chris Snee to walk from the trainer's room to his locker before raising his voice for everyone to hear.
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Snee just looked in Seubert's direction and shook his head. No words came out of his mouth, although the "thanks for nothing" was loud and clear.
Snee is one of the main story lines as the Giants (7-5) prepare for Sunday's NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles (8-4), who share first place in the division with the Dallas Cowboys with four games to go in the season.
Snee didn't practice Wednesday. He worked out on a limited basis Thursday, improving his chances of playing Sunday and extending his streak of consecutive starts to 77 games.
When told Coughlin said he was limited at practice, Snee laughed.
Seubert was willing to speculate.
"This is the last guy you'd expect to miss a game," Seubert said. "He's tough as nails."
Boothe is preparing to play, but he also believes Snee will be in the lineup Sunday.
"When I am out there, I am just trying to be as anonymous as possible," Boothe said. "The best situation is when nobody knows Chris is out of the game."
"No question, you want that in every game," running back Brandon Jacobs said. "You want to keep an explosive offense like that off of the field, no matter who you are playing against and no matter how good your defense is. You want to keep an offense like that on the sideline where they can't do any harm."
The Giants' running game has slipped this season. After averaging 157.4 rushing yards last season, New York is averaging 124.6 this season. Jacobs has yet to have a 100-yard game.
"Last year was like Haley's Comet," center Shaun O'Hara said. "Sure the numbers are down. But all we are looking to do is gain 100 yards."
Notes: S Michael Johnson, who has a groin injury, also practiced on a limited basis Thursday. ... Backup RB Ahmad Bradshaw didn't practice, but he is expected to work out Friday. ... Manning (foot), RB Danny Ware (concussion) and TE Travis Beckum (groin) fully practiced.
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