Friday, September 30, 2011
Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck do drills
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are both probable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, while defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora and longsnapper Zak DeOssie are questionable.
Nicks, who is dealing with some swelling related to a bone bruise and a hyperextended knee injury he had two weeks ago, practiced in full. He had missed Thursday's practice because of the injuries. Nicks didn't speak to the media on Friday but had said earlier in the week that he will play.
Manningham, who has been recovering from a concussion, was a full participant on Friday after being limited on Thursday.
Tuck, who is nursing a strained groin and continues to be hampered by pain in his neck, answered "yup" when asked by reporters if he expects to play on Sunday. He was limited on Friday after missing Thursday practice with the injury.
Umenyiora, who had knee surgery last month, has been limited at practice the last three days, but he said Friday he "feels like he can play" and hopes to make his season debut against the Cardinals.
"We'll have to wait to see what coach [Tom] Coughlin has to say," Umenyiora said. "I feel like I can play, but depending on what he says, however they decide to use me, we'll go from there. I think if they take me on the trip, I'm going to play."
Umenyiora said there's no swelling in his knee, but he'll have to consult with team physician Dr. Russell Warren -- as well as other members of the organization -- before being cleared to make his season debut.
DeOssie (back) didn't practice on Friday, but Coughlin expects him to be the snapper in Arizona. Linebacker Mark Herzlich and tight end Travis Beckum alternated practice snaps for the second consecutive day.
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley (quad) and rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot) are both out, Coughlin said.
Stokley rode the bike on Friday. He wouldn't comment on how he hurt himself -- although it believed he did so running a route during Wednesday's practice -- deferring questions about the injury to Coughlin.
Amukamara went through drills on the side with a trainer.
Mike Mazzeo is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.