Giants WR Steve Smith day to day

Updated: August 7, 2010, 4:45 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith said he is day-to-day with a strained groin.

Smith did not have to undergo an MRI exam. He expects to be back practicing next week.

"It's better today than it was yesterday," Smith said. "They [the team medical staff] said it is a good sign. My strength is coming back. Day to day."

The Giants have been plagued by injuries since last season and have moved cautiously through camp with several players nursing injuries. The Giants' top three receivers -- Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham --- are all dealing with minor injuries.

Guard Rich Seubert's status is still being determined. Coach Tom Coughlin said the team is trying to figure out how long he will need for his broken hand to heal without surgery.

"As long as that thing stays in place, there isn't surgery," Coughlin said of the broken bone in Seubert's left hand. "But if it moves and rotates, they have to go put a pin in it and then you're going to lose him for a while. So we want to make sure that doesn't happen. So the healing process has to start and then when we do put him back, we put him in a position where he's not going to suffer a setback."

Coughlin also said the team will ease in safety Kenny Phillips when he is expected to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list Monday. Phillips will practice once a day when he returns.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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