Hakeem Nicks returns to New York Giants practice

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 7, 2012 at 01:36 p.m.

Hakeem Nicks was a surprise absentee from the New York Giants practice on Thursday. He was back on the field Friday and should be ready for Sunday's meeting with the New Orleans Saints.
Nicks was held out Thursday with knee soreness, The Star-Ledger reported, and the receiver continues to deal with pain from the sprained left MCL he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.
Coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks was sidelined for precautionary reasons after playing in the last seven games. He's finally found some rhythm with quarterback Eli Manning, hauling in 19 of his 46 receptions over the past three games.
When Nicks is on the field, it frees up Victor Cruz to do more against defenses, but we haven't seen the Giants shift into a comfort zone in the passing game. It was roughly this time last season when Manning went into a trancelike state, turning Cruz into a household name. We're still waiting for that.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw followed his customary route of practicing Friday after nursing his foot Thursday. He'll play against the Saints.
That might not be the case with safeties Kenny Phillips (knee) and Tyler Sash (hamstring), and tight end Travis Beckum (knee), who weren't on the field Friday.