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Hakeem Nicks looks unencumbered in practice

Hakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks Credit: Hakeem Nicks has not scored a touchdown this season. (Jim McIsaac)

Hakeem Nicks was showing no lingering effects of the abdominal injury that sidelined him last week. The wide receiver was catching fade passes from the quarterbacks during warmups in today’s practice, stretching high for the football in a move that would seem to be impossible (or at least uncomfortable) with any kind of serious strain to the midsection.

Nicks seemed happy to be on the field. At various times during the portion of practice that the media can attend I spotted him delivering leaping karate-style kicks, jumping in the air and clicking his heels together, and performing a rump-shaking touchdown dance.

What didn’t I see? Jason Pierre-Paul and Brandon Jacobs. Neither of those two were on the field for practice today, nor were they ever on the sideline. It would seem to be a longshot for either of them to play on Sunday. For JPP, it would be the first scratch of his career.

I don’t know if I ever wrote it, but I clearly remember saying at the start of the season that this team will go only as far as Trumaine McBride can carry them.

No, that’s not true. Neither I nor anyone ever thought that. But his injury in the Cowboys game certainly created chaos in the secondary and allowed Dallas to drive down for the game-winning field goal.

Now it seems that McBride will miss his first full game for the Giants this season. The cornerback was on the sideline for the third straight practice due to a groin injury that had been nagging him for a few weeks, and he’s probably not going to play on Sunday against the Redskins.

The good news, which we described here earlier this week, is that Corey Webster was practicing and appears to be on track to play. He’d likely step into the starting cornerback spot vacated by McBride.

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