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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Giants have a lengthy injury report

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Perhaps Tom Coughlin is erring on the side of caution, but his injury list reached double digits Wednesday. You know it's bad when players who haven't been listed on the injury report (wink) are being placed on injured reserve as was the case with tight end Darcy Johnson.

Here's the rundown on the players that Coughlin listed on the injury report:

Players who did not practice Wednesday: LB Michael Boley (triceps), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankles/foot), CB Corey Webster (knee), RT Kareem McKenzie (knee) and G Rich Seubert (knee). If Boley can't go against the Panthers, it would pose quite a problem. The Panthers' running backs can catch the ball and they'd likely be matched up with players such as Jonathan Goff, Clint Sintim and Chase Blackburn. As we saw the other night, Blackburn's most effective when he's allowed to focus mostly on special teams. I thought his play on special teams set the tone early in the Giants' blowout win over the Redskins.

Here are the players who were limited in practice: CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), LB Chase Blackburn (ribs), S C.C. Brown (hamstring), CB Kevin Dockery (ankle), LB Jon Goff (hamstring/rib), WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring), K Lawrence Tynes (right hamstring).

I had a good visit with Nicks immediately after the game Sunday night and he was very optimistic about his quick return. It seemed like Coughlin was more worried about the injury than Nicks. But from what I'm hearing, Nicks should be good to go against the Panthers. And if New York could somehow slip into the playoffs, I sense that Nicks is about ready to take off. He didn't get off to the fast start like Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson did last season, but he's now a big play waiting to happen.