Ereck Flowers' grit earns praise of Tom Coughlin

Rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers has scored some toughness points with his head coach for how he is handling his ankle injury. 

Flowers got dinged up in the Giants' season-opening loss to the Cowboys, and had a routine MRI earlier in the week. But when the Giants got back to work and started practice Wednesday to begin preparations for Sunday's home opener against the Falcons, Flowers was out there, after telling Tom Coughlin he would be there.

"He said, basically, 'I'm playing and I'm practicing.' It's a breath of fresh air," said Coughlin, the self-professed dinosaur, about Flowers' old-school mentality.

Flowers, if you'll remember, let reporters know Wednesday he was "all right" on his way to a relaxing dip in the ice tub. And Coughlin agrees with that assessment, as there seem to be no qualms about Flowers' availability to play this weekend. 

"He said, 'I'm practicing.' And he did," Coughlin said. "Can we have a few more (like him)? Whether they're rookies, or veterans, or whatever?"

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