Even at his best, Giants head coach Bill Parcells is a less than enlightening fellow at his weekly gatherings with the massive New York City-area press. But Wednesday afternoon, he was even more removed than usual.
It was understandable, too. Just the day before, Parcells had a painful kidney stone broken up during a 45-minute ultrasound procedure at the Wood Johnson Stone Center in New Brunswick, N.J.
Parcells began suffering the pain Saturday night, so he checked into a New Jersey hospital. He left the hospital and coached in pain Sunday during the Giants' 23-15 victory over Minnesota.
He re-admitted himself to the hospital that night and underwent minor surgery to push the stone into the ureter. A small tube was inserted to keep the stone in position for the ultrasound. The tube will be removed Friday.
"It's a little less than perfect," Parcells said Wednesday, "but better than before."
Parcells shrugged off suggestions his ability to coach in pain had provided an inspirational lift for his team, which snapped a two-game losing streak against the Vikings. One writer even suggested his players might dedicate Saturday's game against the Bills to their coach.
"Oh yeah?" Parcells said. "Just tell them to win it."
Parcells reported no injuries Wednesday. The Giants, who have gotten linebacker Carl Banks and offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott back from injuries in recent weeks, are as healthy as they've been all season.
Banks, a former Pro Bowl outside linebacker, came back two weeks ago after missing six weeks with a dislocated left wrist. The Minnesota game was his first start since Sept. 30.
Elliott, a 6-foot-7, 305-pound left tackle, returned against Minnesota after missing eight weeks with a leg injury. Early in that game, the Vikings' Chris Doleman beat Elliott and sacked quarterback Phil Simms for a safety. But Doleman didn't get to Simms again.
"He did a pretty good job," Parcells said. "Hopefully, he'll play better this week."
He'd better. Elliott will be lining up across from Bruce Smith.