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Friday, August 16, 2013
Good Giants news on Nicks, Pierre-Paul

By Dan Graziano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after Friday's practice that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks would play in Sunday night's preseason game against the Colts and raved about the running that injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was able to do in a side workout Thursday.

Nicks was hobbled earlier in training camp by a groin injury, and of course is coming off a season in which various leg injuries limited his production. But he's been practicing fine in recent days and is apparently cleared to play Sunday. Eli Manning said earlier in camp that the lack of practice time with Nicks last year and this offseason was a concern, so it's a good sign for the Giants that their best wide receiver is back on the field.

As for Pierre-Paul, who had back surgery earlier this offseason and is still no sure thing to be ready for the season opener 23 days from now, Coughlin said he did some running on the field Thursday and looked great. Coughlin said Pierre-Paul was "sore" Friday and didn't do the running, but the upshot was that he was excited about his best defensive player's progress.

"He's sore, but [Thursday] was outstanding," Coughlin said. "He's not ready to come out two days in a row and do what he did [Thursday], but I'm encouraged by what he did."

Coughlin said cornerback Terrell Thomas, who's looking good but still working his way back from a third ACL reconstruction, would not play Sunday but would hopefully play next Saturday against the Jets. Starting cornerback Corey Webster is still out of practice with a groin injury, safety Antrel Rolle will miss the game due to his ankle sprain, and defensive end Damontre Moore has a shoulder injury and likely won't play Sunday.

Tight end Larry Donnell was carted off the practice field with a knee injury after making a catch. Donnell is one of the young tight ends who's been having a strong camp and is in line for a roster spot if the injury turns out not to be as serious as it appeared. Looked like a non-contact injury, which is obviously always a shame and impossible to predict or control.