Those looking for good news on New York Giants stars Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw won't find any on Friday's injury report. Both Nicks (hamstring) and Bradshaw (foot) are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in New England after not practicing all week. But the worries don't stop there. Second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who leads the Giants with 8.5 sacks this year, missed Friday's practice while having tests for a concussion. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Pierre-Paul would be a game-time decision.
Pierre-Paul showed up on Thursday's injury report with a neck injury the team said was suffered during Thursday's practice. But further tests and evaluation apparently revealed some possible concussion symptoms, and so Pierre-Paul has to have some more tests to see if he does indeed have one. If he does, he'll have to go through league-mandated protocol, including the approval of an independent physician, before he's cleared to play Sunday.
Nicks and Bradshaw lead the team in receiving yards and rushing yards, respectively, and Pierre-Paul has been a critical part of the Giants' pass rush as fellow defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora have missed time this season with various injuries. Those are three pretty significant pieces to be missing as the Giants go into the big showdown with the Patriots. At this time, there seems a chance any or all of the three could play. Nicks, for instance, said he planned to test out his hamstring Saturday and see how it felt, but he doesn't sound as though he'll play if he thinks there's a chance of injuring it more severely and missing multiple weeks. That's a smart way to approach it, since the Giants' schedule doesn't let up much after Sunday. It just doesn't help them much for Sunday.