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Hakeem Nicks plans to be more involved versus Redskins

Hakeem Nicks catches a pass in front of

Hakeem Nicks catches a pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown during the first half of an NFL football game in San Francisco. (Oct. 14, 2012) Credit: AP

Hakeem Nicks wasn't in great form last Sunday in San Francisco, but he pushed through his knee and foot injuries -- the ones that kept him out of three previous games -- to provide some presence on the field against the 49ers.

On Sunday against the Redskins, Nicks doesn't plan on just being a decoy. Though he was limited in practice Friday, Nicks still has worked more during this week than he had since suffering the injuries in Week 2 against the Bucs.

"I was still a little cautious [Sunday] about it," Nicks said. "I really just had one practice, then got in the game. I had three weeks off. I wasn't really expecting too much out of that game. This week I had a full week of practice so I expect it to be better. Next week will be better."

A healthier Nicks added to Eli Manning's array of targets will mean plenty against a Redskins team that has allowed a league-worst 328.3 passing yards per game as well as 15 passing touchdowns, tied for the most in the NFL.

Nicks said it was important to get in uniform and on the field against the 49ers, who have the league's top passing defense, if only to draw coverage away from Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon and "try to keep those guys honest."

No more of that Sunday, though. Friday was Nicks' third straight day of at least some practice work, the first time he's done that in a month.

"Every day he comes back out and he tells me he feels good about it and so he gets probably half the reps," coach Tom Coughlin said. "So he's excited and anxious and hopefully it will be consistent -- physically, there will be no setbacks."

Notes & quotes: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (hand/hamstring) did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Bradshaw tweeted to "Giants and fantasy (football) fans" Friday afternoon that he plans to play Sunday. LB Michael Boley (hip) was limited in Friday's practice and also is questionable. DT Rocky Bernard (quad), LB Jacquian Williams (knee) and S Kenny Phillips (knee) are out against the Redskins . . . DT Chris Canty continued to work this week and says he's ready to come off the physically unable to perform list; the Giants have until 4 p.m. Saturday to add Canty to the roster and remove another player, possibly RB Da'Rel Scott (knee surgery), to make room. "We'll see," Coughlin said of Canty . . . Redskins WR Pierre Garçon (toe) has not practiced all week and is listed as doubtful.

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