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Justin Tuck, Hakeem Nicks practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Are the injury-ravaged New York Giants finally getting healthy?

Tom Coughlin's crew received some rare positive news Friday when both Justin Tuck and Hakeem Nicks participated in practice.

It is unclear if either starter will suit up in the Giants' home opener Monday night against the St. Louis Rams.

Nicks believes he will play. The receiver suffered a bone bruise and hyperextension of his knee in the first quarter of the Giants' season-opening loss to the Washington Redskins.

"I'll be on the field," Nicks said.

He took part in individual drills Friday after not practicing Thursday, an encouraging sign for Coughlin.

"He's making progress," Coughlin said.

Nicks said Thursday that he would decide whether he plays against St. Louis. But Coughlin disputed that notion Friday, saying team doctors ultimately will make the call.

That didn't change Nicks' stance.

"I'm pretty comfortable with what they're telling me," he said.

Nicks caught seven passes for 122 yards Sunday, so losing him would be a crushing blow. It is unclear who would start in his place, though candidates include Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz. The newly signed Brandon Stokley is a remote possibility.

As for Tuck, he declined to discuss his injury in detail after practice Friday, but did note that he is "encouraged," without elaborating. Tuck was limited in practice and predicted that he would be a game-time decision on Monday.

On Thursday, the defensive end said his "gut" tells him that he'll suit up against the Rams.

Of course, his gut told him the same thing last week y prior to the Redskins game, which he sat out due to a lingering neck injury.

"My gut was wrong once," Tuck said Thursday. "I hope I don't make that a trend."

Tuck was limited in Thursday's practice, but said afterward that there was no soreness in his neck. However, he acknowledged that he is still affected by the injury, though he was evasive when pressed on the matter.

"There's no pain," Tuck said. "There's something else, but there's no pain."

The Giants sacked Rex Grossman four times without Tuck or Osi Umenyiora. But the secondary was torched by Grossman for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive coordinatory Perry Fewell attributed that in part to Tuck and Umenyiora's absence.

Umenyiora worked on the side during Friday's practice and moved well, according to Coughlin.

Umenyiora had arthroscopic surgery on his bothersome left knee Aug. 19. He is expected to be out four to six weeks, though he is unlikely to play Monday night.

Tight end Travis Beckum said his right hamstring continues to bother him. The injury forced him to sit out of Sunday's season-opener.

His status for Monday is unclear.

Ian Begley is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.