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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Osi works again; Nicks rests

By Matt Ehalt

No changes from Wednesday to Thursday for the Giants in terms of practicing.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee): One day after his first practice in exactly a month, Umenyiora was back on the field practicing again on Thursday. He has missed the last four games but could be returning for Sunday's game.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (hamstring): Nick was not practicing for the second straight day but was doing some individual drills on the side, as he was backpedaling. Nicks said he hopes to be ready for Sunday night's game.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee): Manningham was practicing again for the second straight day. He missed Saturday's game but all signs point to him being ready for Sunday.

Tight end Jake Ballard (knee): Ballard was catching some passes while he stood in one place during practice but did not appear to be doing anything that would constitute him as a participant in practice.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot): Bradshaw was not practicing per his schedule that has him resting on Wednesday and Thursday so he can practice on Friday.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle): Herzlich was doing some individual drills on Thursday but was not practicing with the team. He could miss his fifth straight game on Sunday.