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Nicks leads healthy Giants against 49ers

Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz celebrate Hicks' touchdown

Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz celebrate Hicks' touchdown in the first half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Sept. 16, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Hakeem Nicks will play today. So will David Diehl. And Corey Webster. And Martellus Bennett. And every other Giant who made the trip to San Francisco with a nagging injury that could have help him out of the game.

The Giants released their inactives just moments ago and it included the three injured Giants left behind in New Jersey (Kenny Phillips, Rocky Bernard and Andre Brown) and four coaches decisions in James Brewer, Jerrel Jernigan, Adrian Robinson and Adewale Ojomo.

Of just as much interest to some Giants fans was the 49ers’ inactives list, and whether or not it would include a name familiar to Big Blue. It did. Brandon Jacobs will not play and is inactive, as he has been all season since suffering a preseason knee injury.

Nicks, of course, is the big one we were all watching. He was on the field early, jogging three laps around the perimeter, before beginning a stretching routine with strength coach Jerry Palmieri (one which he began, incidentally, last November here in San Francisco) and running some routes with Eli Manning throwing passes. Nicks didn’t look particularly explosive, but he was running smoothly.

Diehl will play and, for the first time in his career, not start. He hasn’t been on the field since he injured his knee in Week 2.

It was quite the emotional scene on the field prior to the game as the two former Giants welcomed their old teammates to their new place. Brandon Jacobs was a lot for chatty with the Giants, spening time talking and embracing with everyone from Osi Umenyiora, Victor Cruz and Bear Pascoe to coaches Dave Merritt and Jesse Armstead to President and CEO John Mara (with whom he shared a bro hug).

Mario Manningham, meanwhile, was off to the side of the field and was talking with Hakeem Nicks for a few moments. David Carr trotted over to say hello and Manningham spent some time with Umenyiora (probably telling him how much he enjoyed the feature on him in the NY Times, which Mario reads religiously), but for the most part he spent a few minutes with the Giants and then went back to warming up for the game.

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