Practice report: Nicks on bike; Tuck in

Justin Tuck

Justin Tuck

#91 DE
New York Giants

2011 STATS

  • Tot -
  • Solo -
  • Ast -
  • FF -
  • Sack -
  • Int -

Justin Tuck, who sat out of Sunday's season-opener in Washington due to a lingering neck injury, was on the practice field Thursday morning for the 20 minutes of practice open to reporters.

Tuck did not appear to be very active during the portion of the full-pads practice open to the media. However, he expressed optimism earlier this week that he would be able to play Monday night in St. Louis.

Also, WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) was on the exercise bike on Thursday during the portion we watched. Nicks is day to day with a bone bruise and a hyper extension of his knee suffered in the first quarter of the season opener. He expects to play on Monday.

Nicks did not practice on Wednesday but the Giants' star receiver said the swelling in his knee is subsiding.

"I feel way better than I did yesterday," said Nicks, who underwent an MRI on Monday. "I don't see myself missing no time. [It's a] day-by-day thing. Every day has been way better. Swelling has gone down every day. No pain, just a matter of the fluid and swelling."

"I think I'll play," Nicks added.

Osi Umenyiora (knee) joined Nicks on the bike, along with Travis Beckum (hamstring), Prince Amukamara (foot) and Adam Koets.

Umenyiora is not expected to return by Monday. Beckum's return is uncertain at this point. The Giants missed Beckum on Sunday. According to Tom Coughlin, Beckum's absence was one of the reasons the Giants went 1-for-10 on third down.