Practice report: Nicks on field

Receiver Hakeem Nicks was on the field and appeared to be practicing with the offense in the portion of practice open to the media on Friday afternoon. The receiver is dealing with a strained hamstring that he suffered against the Jets Saturday and he missed the last two days of practice.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee): Umenyiora was on the field for the third straight day and all signs point to him playing Sunday. The defensive end has missed the last four games with his injury that he suffered on Nov. 28.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee): Manningham was on the field once again and it also marks the third straight day for him. The receiver missed last week's game with his swollen knee but said on Thursday that he will play against the Cowboys.

Tight end Jake Ballard (knee): The tight end was in the stationary bike area during the portion of practice open to the media. He has not practiced the last two weeks and it would appear that he will be missing Sunday's game.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot): The running back was on the field on Friday as part of his schedule of not practicing on Wednesday and Thursday but practicing on Friday. He has played the last four games and there's no reason to think he'll miss Sunday.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle): Herzlich was not practicing and it appears he is going to miss his fifth straight game with his injury.