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Giants Webster back at practice, has interception

New York Giants chief executive John Mara said Thursday that the team will make a decision on whether to return to the University at Albany for training camp after the current camp ends.
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com

New York Giants chief executive John Mara said Thursday that the team will make a decision on whether to return to the University at Albany for training camp after the current camp ends.Mara wants to make the decision quickly so the team can have arrangements for lodging, food service and other services lined up before year's end.The Giants have trained at Albany since 1996. The other option is for them to train at their new headquarters in the Meadowlands sports complex, which has an indoor field house and three grass practice fields.The university has more grass fields and lodging for the players, but does not have an indoor facility that would allow them to run full practices during inclement weather.___Starting cornerback Corey Webster intercepted a pass in the afternoon practice on Thursday in his first meaningful workout since returning from a hip problem that sidelined him for about a week in training camp."I overworked and did a little too much," Webster said during a lunch break before the afternoon practice. "It was a little sore. I kind of strained it a bit, but everything is good now."Webster spent most of the past week getting treatment for his hip and working with some of the younger defensive backs at practice."You never want to come out," said Webster, who intercepted a David Carr pass in the flat. "You work hard to get here to camp and you never want to have a little setback. You want to get in a groove and get in the flow of things."Webster, who did not play in Monday's preseason game against Carolina, does not know whether Tom Coughlin will allow him to play Saturday against the Bears.Webster, who also was bothered by a hip in minicamp, isn't worried about his hips being a continuing problem. He says the side that bothered him earlier in the offseason is fine.___Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard has looked good in limited action since being taken off the non-football injury list on Wednesday."I don't feel I am that far behind," Bernard said Thursday. "I just have to get into football shape, because you can run and ride the elliptical and all that stuff but it's nothing like putting the pads on and playing."Bernard will not play Saturday night when the Giants are in Chicago to play the Bears, but says he will play in one of the other two preseason games.Bernard, who was working out in Texas when he slightly strained his hamstring, says he understood the Giants' decision to play him on NFI, saying it was strictly a business decision for the team.Had he not been able to play, the team would not have had to pay him because he was hurt working out on his own.The eight-year veteran was impressed by the defensive line's play in the 27-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Monday."I wanted to be out there," said Bernard, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract as a free agent earlier this year. "The guys that were playing, it was pretty impressive. You can always get better, that was the main emphasis we had coming in after the game. It will be fun playing with these guys."___NOTES: Four starters did not practice on Thursday _ G Chris Snee (leg), MLB Antonio Pierce (sore foot), S Kenny Phillips (sore knee) and CB Aaron Ross (hamstring). Coach Tom Coughlin said they probably won't play against Chicago, along with DT Chris Canty (hamstring) and Bernard (hamstring). LB Michael Boley remains on the physically unable to perform list following hip surgery. ... Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was at practice for a second straight day. ...