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Hakeem Nicks not practicing, the sequel

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nickswatches a workout at

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nickswatches a workout at training camp in Albany. (July 29, 2012) Credit: AP

How do you define “practice?”

In Hakeem Nicks’ case, he technically wasn’t practicing for a second straight day. He was not wearing shoulder pads under his jersey and he will likely be listed as not participating in the workout.

And yet there he was today, taking part in some of the walk-through drills with the team, catching passes while the quarterbacks warmed up, and doing some jogging. He was the target for the quarterbacks while they worked on throwing arcing passes over defenders in the corner of the end zone. He even caught a pass from Paul Schwartz … and looked sharp doing it!

So will he play on Wednesday? There’s no ambiguity to the definition of “play” when it comes to a game, right?

He says he will. At least that’s what he said yesterday when he missed his first practice since returning from foot surgery this spring.

“I'd rather be out there than sitting and watching,” Nicks said of his quasi-participation in yesterday’s practice, during which Tom Coughlin said he looked “frisky.”. “They made a decision. I'm not mad at them. It's for my best interest.”

Also limited in practice were Will Beatty (back), which means that Sean Locklear will almost certainly be starting at left tackle for the Giants against the Cowboys, and Michael Boley (hamstring). Both the replacements for Beatty and Boley (Keith Rivers for Boley) have played well this preseason, so the Giants are not in any rush to get them back, especially with a 10-day rest between the Week 1 game and the Week 2 contest.


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