CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Ken Hamlin #26 of the Dallas Cowboys gestures towards the bench during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Hamlin has missed the past two games after suffering a high ankle sprain against the 17-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The team expressed some hope last week that the former Pro Bowler would be available to return Sunday at the Meadowlands, but his progress slowed somewhat this week.
Before suffering the high ankle sprain, Hamlin last missed a game in 2005 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, after a fight outside a nightclub resulted in Hamlin wearing a stop sign over the head.
Alan Ball will get his third consecutive start in the event of Hamlin's absence and, although Ball has impressed coaches with his athleticism and prowess in the defensive backfield, some have expressed concern over his modest size--particularly in relation to the Giants' preferred power rushing attack.
Said secondary coach Dave Campo last week, "He's had enough work back there where we feel comfortable he can handle what we're trying to get accomplished.''
*Linebacker Victor Butler, after being limited early in the week with a sprained left knee, expects to be ready for Sunday's game.
*Tony Romo (back), Jason Witten (foot) and Gerald Sensabaugh (thumb) participated fully in practice this week, and are expected to start against New York.
*Felix Jones said that he feels healthy after playing without a knee brace against Oakland, the first time he has done so since suffering a sprained PCL in week 3 against Carolina.