Justin Pugh’s return this season just got a whole lot cloudier.
The Giants offensive lineman underwent an MRI on his back on Wednesday after being unable to finish the last period of practice.
Pugh, who did not practice Thursday and has missed the last three games, believes he may have returned to the practice field a little too quickly.
“I don’t want to put (the other linemen) in a bad spot,” he said. “I backed off a little bit and we’ll see how it goes.”
Pugh believes he is day to day but still needs to speak with the doctors regarding a decision to shut him down for the rest of the season.
“Just making sure I’m healthy and that’s kind of where we’re going,” he said. “Don’t want to make it even worse. It’s not at the point now where I’m going to need surgery but we don’t want to get it to that point.”
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was spotted observing practice on Thursday.
Tisch, who does not usually spend much time at the team facility, appeared cheery as he made his way around the building and was having lunch with fellow co-owner John Mara.
Tisch did not speak to the media while walking by at the start of practice.
Earlier this season when two anonymous Giants complained about Ben McAdoo, one of the complaints was that he was working the team into the ground the day before games.
It seems that will no longer be the case under Spagnuolo.
The interim head coach is making an adjustment to the team’s weekend practice routine.
Under McAdoo, Friday would be treated as a walkthrough and the team would instead have a “launch day” on Saturday where they would go 80 percent.
Spagnuolo said Friday will be a short practice focusing on the red zone while having a walkthrough on Saturday.
WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) was back at practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session.
He was limited and did no contact, though interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said he was trending in a positive direction.
RB Orleans Darkwa was a new addition to miss practice, but it was because of an illness and not injury-related.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) and CB Eli Apple (hip/back) did not practice for the second straight day, but Spagnuolo said Apple was day to day while he was hopeful Pierre-Paul could get some work in on Friday.
RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (elbow) and RT Chad Wheeler (concussion) were all limited.