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Hakeem Nicks returns to practice, listed as questionable

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Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks unexpectedly sat out Thursday’s practice with a recurrence of the knee soreness that kept him out of several games earlier this season.

Nicks participated in practice on Wednesday and wasn’t listed on the injury report. That raised the possibility that he’d be out for this week’s game against the Saints, but things took a turn in a more positive direction on Friday. Nicks was able to take part in practice for the Giants and he’s been listed as questionable for the game.

Given the import of this week’s game to the Giants’ playoff chances, Nicks will likely be in there without things taking a major turn for the worse before Sunday. He hasn’t been as effective as in past seasons as a result of the injury, though, so this week’s flare-up could still factor into this weekend’s result.

Safety Kenny Phillips, who has been fighting a knee injury of his own, is doubtful for this week’s game. Phillips had to leave in Week 12 against Green Bay, his first week back from a sprained MCL, and played a limited role last week after getting the same listing. The Giants have good options at the position in Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown, but the defense has generally looked its best with Phillips in the lineup.

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6 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks returns to practice, listed as questionable”
  1. fakefranknunley says: Dec 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    Hopefully Bradshaw can remain healthy as we are thin at that position and the redskins are poised to overtake us in the standings.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    We need Phillips, but he didn’t look good Monday and did not look good today in practice.

  3. justintuckrule says: Dec 7, 2012 6:33 PM

    Doesn’t matter. It’s time we take the reigns off of Eli, abandon our smoke and mirrors running game, and just let him throw for 3, 350 for the rest of the year.

  4. justintuckrule says: Dec 7, 2012 6:35 PM

    For all the runs that are successful, it’s not worth the inevitable holding penalty that puts us at 2nd and 17 and stalls a scoring drive.

  5. skindlon926 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:52 PM

    I like that tuck rule lol. I think your mostly right. I think we all would love to see the ball in Eli’s hands more! That was my problem with the 2nd half of the skins game Monday night! Granted the 1st half we ran very well the 2nd half we stopped passing when we were slicing their secondary apart! I like when we can run cuz it opens up our play action which can be a death sentence for defenses! Every now and then Bradshaw goes into beast mode and it really fires things up!

  6. skindlon926 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    Nicks could be x factor in this game for us ! I think all us giants fans are waiting for him to just unleash! Its tuff bcuz he can physically be such a mismatch and provide big plays at any time! Not to mention it takes pressure off cruz! I also think Kenny Phillips is equally as important on defense! His presence in the backfied allows Antrel rolle to snuff the slot reciever and Stevie browns ball hawking ability is much better than what 40 yr old Deion grant gave(physically)! I think those 2guys are keys to this game and both are on injury list which has been the story of our season

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