EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is hoping to wake up pain-free before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. But given the severity of his hamstring injury, that isn't likely to happen.
If it doesn't, Nicks said he'd rather sit out on Sunday than play through pain and risk further injury.
"With my mentality, I like to bounce back pretty quickly from injuries. This is different; this is something that you have to be smart about," Nicks said. "We have a long season ahead of us. If I have to sit out one week and come back the next, I would rather do that than being out for a while. I just have to be smart about the whole situation."
Nicks says he will run on Saturday to test the injury. He originally hurt his hamstring on Sunday against the Dolphins. He does not know if he will be able to take the field against New England.
After the Dolphins game, Nicks said he felt something wrong on the play and took himself out just to play it smart. He walked off the field with his hand on his right hamstring.
"I don't think it is nothing crazy like it will (keep me out for) two, three or four weeks," Nicks said on Thursday. "It is a matter of me not wanting it to be there so I have to be cautious about it and take care of it."
Nicks, the Giants' No. 1 receiver, has 38 receptions for 585 yards and three touchdowns.
If Nicks can't play Sunday, Ramses Barden, who is on the PUP list, could be activated before Sunday's game. He has been practicing since the Giants came back from the bye last Monday.
The Giants offense may also be without running back Ahmad Bradshaw on Sunday. Bradshaw suffered a cracked bone in his foot, according to a source. Center David Baas missed his second straight practice with a knee injury. Reserve lineman Stacy Andrews also sat for the second straight day with a back ailment.
In other injury news, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul hurt his neck in a practice collision, according to the team. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell downplayed the severity of Pierre-Paul's injury, saying he was limited in practice on Thursday as a precaution.
Additionally, Osi Umenyiora was limited on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to a knee injury. He is expected to play on Sunday.
Justin Tuck (groin/neck) practiced in full and is also expected to play. He missed four of the Giants' first six games due to the injuries.
Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.