Desperate to get healthy in order to turn their 0-4 record around, the Cleveland Browns returned three injured players including receiver Joshua Cribbs to full duty at Thursday's practice.
Still one of 10 Browns players listed on the official Week 5 injury report, Cribbs was limited on Wednesday after suffering a vicious hit against the Ravens last Thursday. The eighth-year receiver joined injured teammates Usama Young and Frostee Rucker as full participants on Thursday for the first time this week.
Both held out of action for the second consecutive day, receivers Travis Benjamin and Mohamed Massaquoi each remain on the sidelines nursing a pair of hamstring injuries. Tight end Alex Smith and defensive back Tashaun Gipson also were not able to suit up on Thursday and appear doubtful for Sunday's game.
Also forced to deal with injuries of their own, the New York Giants will enter the weekend with seven players listed on their injury report. Among them is star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has already been ruled out for Sunday due to a nagging foot injury. In addition to Nicks, the Giants could be without the services of pass rushing linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka as well as cornerback Prince Amukamara.