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Bradshaw, Nicks and Baas out vs. Pats

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw gets

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw gets past Chicago Bears' Brian Urlacher and Ricky Henry during the first quarter in East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 22, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The Giants will be without three offensive starters when they face the Patriots Sunday as running back Ahmad Bradshaw, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and center David Baas were downgraded to out Saturday and did not travel with the team.

The good news? Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed Friday's practice with concussion-like symptoms, is with the team and is expected to play, although he remains officially listed as questionable.

The decisions were not unexpected, although the team had been holding out hope that their leading rusher and receiver would be able to recover and play. Bradshaw has a stress fracture in his right foot, Nicks has a hamstring injury and Baas hurt his right knee. All three suffered their injuries last week against the Dolphins.

Kevin Boothe, who started in place of Baas when the latter missed a game last month with a neck injury, likely will take his spot on the offensive line. Victor Cruz is expected to line up as a starting receiver in Nicks' place opposite Mario Manningham, and Brandon Jacobs likely will get his first start of the season at running back.

The Giants also activated wide receiver Ramses Barden off the physically unable to perform list and added him to the 53-man roster. He will be available to start his season Sunday.

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