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Eli Manning of the New York Giants with

Eli Manning of the New York Giants with teammates Dave Diehl Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. (Dec. 13, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

You can tell it's a big game when everyone available on the roster is in pads and no one is sitting on an exercise bike during Friday's practice. That was the situation for the Giants in their final dress rehearsal for Sunday's battle with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East at New Meadowlands Stadium.

The only one on the injury list who might be ruled out is special teamer Devin Thomas (hamstring). He was dressed, but he has an injury that would affect him trying to cover kicks.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham (hip flexor), true to his word on Wednesday, lined up at a starting position during the walk-through portion of practice the media is allowed to view. It also appears certain that center Shaun O'Hara (foot) will make his return to the starting lineup, and right guard Chris Snee (hip) was lined up next to him with the starting unit. Backup tackle Shawn Andrews (back) was in pads but remained on the side in the walk-through and might be limited to spot duty as an extra tight end in run-oriented formations.

Linebacker Michael Boley (shoulder), who did not practice on Thursday, was back at work on Friday. Pass rushers Justin Tuck (abdomen) and Osi Umenyiora (knee) also were in their customary starting spots.

So, it looks as though the Giants will have a full compliment of players with the exception of wide receiver Steve Smith, who was lost to season-ending knee surgery earlier this week.
 

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