Big Blue Morning: Nicks returns to practice

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants

The news of the day: Having evidently received the message about how annoyed his coach was by his missing practice last Wednesday to have an abdominal injury examined, Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was back on the practice field Wednesday. Nicks, who was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, was listed Wednesday as a "limited" practice participant, so it's no sure thing he plays Sunday night in Washington. But if he practices again today and Friday, it's likely he'll be good to go. Cornerback Corey Webster also was "limited," and with Trumaine McBride missing practice due to a groin injury, there's a chance Webster could see some action on the outside Sunday if he can shake off his ankle problem. Jason Pierre-Paul didn't practice, and it sounds as though his shoulder problem is going to limit him for the rest of the year. Tom Coughlin was asked if he thought Pierre-Paul could return to full strength by season's end, and he said, "That is questionable."

Behind enemy lines: The Redskins' season has come to this: Quarterback Robert Griffin III defending his father's presence in the locker room. RG II apparently wandered in there late Monday night to check on the status of his prospects for grandchildren in light of one very specific hit (or kick) RG III took in the game.

Around the division: The Cowboys play today, as they do every Thanksgiving, and will attempt to take a temporary half-game lead in the NFC East. They'll try to beat the Oakland Raiders without injured linebacker Sean Lee and a couple of other key guys on defense.

Around the league: This is a worthwhile read from Kevin Seifert on the idea that lack of depth is a greater problem for NFL teams than is a preponderance of injuries, real or perceived.