San Francisco – Ask and you shall receive. Giants fans wanted receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to be active for today’s game against the 49ers, and that’s exactly what they are getting. The two targets will be on the field for Eli Manning this afternoon after testing out their leg injuries in a pregame test drive at Candlestick Park.
Nicks missed last week’s game with a hamstring strain and was iffy during the week. Manningham popped up on the injury report Saturday with a knee condition. They were on the field being stretched and watched closely by the team’s medical and training staff and were running routes with Manning.
The Giants also have David Baas, playing, which is no surprise. And Stacy Andrews, who missed the last two games, is back and will likely reprise his 6th offensive lineman role (unless they decide to use Kevin Boothe there).
Who’s not playing? The Giants (i.e. Tom Coughlin) apparently are not yet convinced that Prince Amukamara is ready to step on an NFL field. For the fourth straight week we’ll say “maybe next week” regarding the first-round pick. It sounded this week like Coughlin’s hesitation with Amukamara revolved around fitting him into a gameplan that was already being installed later in the week. If the Giants know he’ll be available to them physically for the Eagles, perhaps – PERHAPS – he’ll make his debut against them next Sunday night.
The Giants left two players behind in New York: Jerrel Jernigan and Ahmad Bradshaw. The other inactives are Henry Hynsoki, Mitch Petrus, Dwayne Hendricks and James Brewer.