Thursday, November 10, 2011
Updated: November 11, 5:18 PM ET
Hakeem Nicks questionable
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is on pace to play in Sunday's matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, however, will not play, the team announced.
Nicks was officially listed as questionable for the game. He practiced on a limited basis on Friday and coach Tom Coughlin indicated that he's made progress throughout the week. Nicks sat out last week against New England with a hamstring issue.
The third-year wideout said the injury will be re-examined by doctors on Saturday morning before he travels to San Francisco.
"So far it's passed every test," said Nicks, who has a team-leading 38 catches and ranks second on the Giants with 575 yards.
Nicks indicated earlier in the week that as long as he doesn't suffer a setback, he thinks he can play.
"It went to a little more than 50 percent today, it turned out pretty good," Nicks said. "I got to test it a little bit, run down field a little bit and it still felt pretty good. So we'll see what happens."
Last week, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz started with Nicks out.
Given that the 49ers (7-1) are so stout against the run -- they haven't given up a rushing touchdown all season and allow a league-low 70.8 rushing yards per game -- the Giants will need their big target to make plays in the passing game.
With Bradshaw out, the onus to run the ball falls primarily on Brandon Jacobs. The veteran back ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries last week against New England.
"I'm just going to try to get in there, try to run as hard as I can and try to make something happen," Jacobs said on Thursday.
Bradshaw missed Sunday's game against the Pats with a fractured bone in his foot. Coach Tom Coughlin reiterated that "at the moment" surgery is not an option for Bradshaw.
The Giants currently rank 29th in the NFL in rushing offense.
"We haven't done as well as we should all season long," Jacobs said. "We have to do better in the run game to win a lot of these games coming up."
Center David Baas, who missed the New England game with a knee injury, was limited on Friday, but believes he will play.
Rookie wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan is out with a hip injury.
Jernigan suffered the injury in the New England win after he was hit by a Patriot in the hip on a kickoff return.
Coughlin referred to Jernigan as "One-Play J.J." Jernigan said he's frustrated.
D.J. Ware, Da'Rel Scott and Devin Thomas all could be candidates to return kicks on Sunday. Thomas was the one demoted because he had muffed a couple.
Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara, who hasn't played all season due to a foot injury, was also listed as questionable. He remained uncertain when asked if he's going to make his NFL debut on Sunday. He was limited on Friday.
"Hopefully I showed enough in practice to show that I'm ready," Amukamara said.
Coughlin said on Thursday the coaching staff still has questions about whether Amukamara can go 45 to 50 snaps.
Offense lineman Stacy Andrews (back) was limited on Friday and is questionable. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora went through a full practice on Friday and listed as questionable due to a knee injury.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley was used in this report.