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.