News & Notes: Nicks Close To Return

An update on Hakeem Nicks possible return and some other practice tidbits from Thursday.

Two weeks ago, Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks' leg required emergency surgery which sidelined him last week against Jacksonville and will put him on the shelf again this upcoming Sunday. Nicks was not a participant at practice but plans to resume light running next Wednesday.

Head coach Tom Coughlin addressed Nicks' recovery with the media on Thursday.

"Good Progress, good progress. They are not ready to let him run yet," Coughlin said. "But if he continues like he is, they will, I think, allow him to start to exercise shortly."

Giants Notes:

The prognosis on guard Shawn Andrews' back was not as promising as he has not participated in this week's practices. Andrews has a history of back problems, for which it's yet to be determined whether they're chronic in nature. "It's more than muscle or disc issues. It is a concern," uttered Coughlin…On a positive note, cornerback Aaron Ross was a limited participant in practice, but appears to be pushing through his back ailment. "He worked well, noted Coughlin. I can see him getting better, getting stronger, feeling better about himself."…Coach Coughlin expects all players healthy or not to provide unwavering enthusiasm this Sunday. Big Blue aims to be focused and aggressive from the opening snap, not relying on riveting and emotional half-time speeches to rile them up, such as Justin Tuck's impassioned plea last Sunday. "Support, encourage, and be there for each other," noted Coughlin. "Make sure that everyone is fully into the game and engaged in the game."


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