Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith were excited about the possibility of playing on Sunday. David Diehl was more excited about the certainty of playing. After four weeks of nursing a hamstring injury, he made it clear that he will be back against the Vikings.
“I’m playing on Sunday,” he declared after full participation in the Giants’ Wednesday practice. “Last week I was really close. I was right there, but I wasn’t 100 percent. I feel 100 percent. I did things where Kareem (McKenzie) was pushing up against me to see what it would feel like to have a bigger person pushing against me and I was fine. So I’m ready to play and let loose.”
In a week when streaks are being talked about – Brett Favre’s, Eli Manning’s – Diehl is a guy who had started 120 straight games before his hamstring got the better of him against the Seahawks.
“I know I’m playing with a purpose because when you’re sitting out and you’re watching from the outside in, you realize how lucky and precious it is to be playing on Sundays and be an NFL player,” Diehl said. “I’m just excited to be back out there with my teammates. I know I’m going to be out there playing relentless football.”