EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Most of the New York Giants returned to practice Thursday. Seven of them did not, including wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, center David Baas, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, cornerbacks Corey Webster and Will Blackmon and linebackers Chase Blackburn and Jacquian Williams. All seven were held out due to injury, but none is concerned about possibly missing the Super Bowl, which is 10 days away.
"Just trying to be smart and not aggravate something that's there that we'll be able to manage in a short amount of time," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
Nicks injured his shoulder in Sunday's NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, but he returned to the game and expects to be fine. Baas has an abdominal injury as well as the neck problem that has affected him all year. Bradshaw has been sitting out two practices a week for the past month and a half to rest his injured foot. Baas and Blackburn (calf) said they expected to practice Friday. Webster has a hamstring injury that's been bugging him for a few weeks but hasn't affected him in games. Williams has a foot injury, the team said.
Basically, the two-week break before the Super Bowl allows the Giants to rest injured players even if their injuries wouldn't require them to miss practice on a normal week. If we get to next Thursday and Nicks is still not practicing, then Giants fans would have a reason to be worried. But again, he came back into the game after injuring the shoulder Sunday. If he was fine after a half-hour, I imagine two weeks should be plenty of time to allow him to heal sufficiently to play in the Super Bowl.