Giants' O'Hara returns to practice; Madison, Boss sit out

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara returned to practice on Thursday and took half the snaps with the first team offense.

O'Hara sprained a knee in the regular-season finale against the New England Patriots and missed the NFC Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. He is not sure whether he will play Sunday in the conference semifinal in Dallas against the Cowboys (13-3).

"Mentally I am preparing for the game," O'Hara said. "I am feeling better today than I did yesterday and I am hoping that will be the case for tomorrow."

Tight end Kevin Boss, who took over the starting job when Jeremy Shockey broke his leg last month, missed practice because of an illness.

"We're hoping it's 24 hours," coach Tom Coughlin said.

Cornerbacks Sam Madison and Kevin Dockery did not practice for the second straight day.

Madison aggravated a stomach muscle against New England and did not play against the Buccaneers. Dockery, who has been bothered by a hip flexor, played against Tampa Bay, but has been on crutches the past two days.

Receiver Plaxico Burress (ankle) and tackle Kareem McKenzie (ankle) practiced on a limited basis after missing practice on Wednesday.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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