Ahmad Bradshaw misses practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants had several injured players back on the field on Wednesday but one key member didn't practice.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was not able to practice due to a wrist injury. Coach Tom Coughlin will likely give an update on Thursday on the severity of the injury and what Bradshaw's status might be for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Otherwise, the Giants are getting much healthier. Tackle David Diehl practiced without limitations after missing the last four games with hip and hamstring injuries.

"I did everything, I felt great," Diehl said. "I am playing on Sunday. I don't think anything else needs to be said."

Wide receiver Steve Smith (pectoral) is nearing a return after going through a limited practice while wide receiver Hakeem Nicks also completed a limited practice.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) went through his weekly routine of participating in a limited practice. Cornerback Brian Jackson (hand) was also limited.

Both wide receivers said they did much more than initially expected.

"It was supposed to be 25 percent but it felt good," Smith said of what he was initially slated to do on Wednesday. "Granted I didn't fall on it or anything. I see myself out there. I'm thinking I'm playing. Now the doctors, I don't know what they are going to say and all but going off me, I feel like I'm going to play."

"I think coach wants to get me out there," Smith added. "Just a matter of mentally going out there and doing it now."

Nicks was scheduled to meet with a doctor later on Wednesday and said the key will be how his leg responds on Thursday. He still has stitches in his leg from surgery to relieve swelling on Nov. 22. Nicks says he doesn't feel his stitches. And as long as the wound doesn't open back up or there is any swelling, he hopes to return a week earlier than his initial timeframe for recovery.

"I felt pretty good," Nicks said. "Actually I did more than I expected, more than we all expected. I ran some gassers Monday. My mentality is if I am practicing, I am playing. Go hard out there in practice and then hopefully they will let me play. I am pretty sure they will."

Shaun O'Hara (foot) went through a limited practice. Coughlin said the team will see how the starting center feels at the end of the week and if he can return after a five-game hiatus.

"The doctor comes this afternoon for an update on all of these," Coughlin said of his injured players.

Coughlin also said Shawn Andrews' back was feeling better and the tackle would work on the side but will not practice. Andrews has missed two straight games with pain in his surgically-repaired back. Returner Will Blackmon (chest) was back on the field and said he expects to play on Sunday.

The head coach also said he will continue to start Brandon Jacobs at running back for the third straight game ahead of Bradshaw, likely even if Bradshaw were completely healthy.

Bradshaw saw the bulk of the carries last Sunday against Washington and will likely be used in the same manner again against Minnesota if healthy.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.