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Saturday, October 13, 2012
Nicks, Diehl make trip to SF

By Ohm Youngmisuk

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barring a setback, Hakeem Nicks will play on Sunday against San Francisco.

The wide receiver made the team flight to San Francisco and is on track to playing in his first game since Sept. 16. Nicks has missed the last three games with either pain in his surgically repaired foot or swelling in his knee.

But his knee made it through two consecutive limited practices and the Saturday walk-through without any setbacks. (And if you are a super-nervous fantasy owner and need evidence to settle your nerves after the last few weeks, the Giants tweeted this picture of Nicks on the plane.)

Of course, Nicks still could potentially be a game-time decision. He may need to see how his knee feels after the cross-country flight and how it feels after warmup on Sunday before the game. But he made the trip and that is something that didn't happen before the Carolina and Philadelphia games.

Nicks, tackle David Diehl (knee) and cornerback Corey Webster (hand/hamstring) were listed as questionable but they all made the trip. Webster only practiced once this week but he is expected to play.

Diehl could suit up for the first time since injuring his MCL on Sept. 16 against Tampa Bay. If Diehl is active, it will be interesting to see how the Giants use him. Could he return to his starting role at right tackle or will they ease him back in as an extra blocker? That would mean keeping Sean Locklear at right tackle and Will Beatty at left tackle. Remember: Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 200 yards last week with Locklear and Beatty in the lineup.

Tom Coughlin said this week that Diehl still needs to work his way back. But it certainly doesn't hurt having another quality veteran blocker like Diehl against the Niners defense.

The only three Giants who did not make the trip are running back Andre Brown (concussion), defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quad) and safety Kenny Phillips (knee).