EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was back on the practice field for the New York Giants on Thursday, one day after sitting out with what the team called a groin injury. Nicks did everything everyone else did during the portion of practice that was open to the media and looked fine running routes. While nothing can be certain and much could change, at this point there's no reason to doubt his availability for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Joining Nicks at practice was... well, the entire team. All 53 current members of the Giants' roster (i.e., everybody who's not on injured reserve) were on the field and working Thursday. That includes defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, running back Brandon Jacobs, fullback John Conner and cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Trumaine McBride, all of whom missed Wednesday's practice. It also includes cornerback Corey Webster, who practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. I am not joking when I say I literally cannot remember the last time Webster practiced two days in a row. My best estimate on that is Week 2.
So if this holds up, the Giants actually would have seven healthy inactives for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, which is a heck of a nice situation for a team in Week 12 of the season. And sure, they have two starting offensive linemen, their starting running back and their original starting fullback on injured reserve, so you can't run around and scream about how healthy they are. But in terms of what they have available to them, right now it appears they're in pretty good shape physically.