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Nicks sidelined in practice that doesn't take place

Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of

Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants walk back to the sideline in the fourth quarter after Manningham scored a 17-yard touchdown. (Jan. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Talk about Fantasy Football! Neither the Giants nor the Patriots practiced today, but each team released a “projected” injury report from a practice that did not exist. In other words, they told us who would not have practiced – or even stranger, who would have been limited – had the teams actually been on the field. Which they were not.

Got it?

As Newsday’s Jeff Weinberg noted, these updates are “like episodes of Seinfeld, reports about nothing.”

Anyway, hypothetically speaking, had the Giants practiced, they would have had three players on the sideline: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) and S Tyler Sash (concussion). They also say that DE Osi Umenyiora (knee/ankle) would have been limited.

The big one to watch tomorrow when the Giants actually take the field for a real practice is Nicks. He hurt his shoulder early in the 49ers game and came back in. Tom Coughlin said on Monday that Nicks was “sore, but I think he’s going to be fine.”

Meanwhile, up the imaginary road that connects New York with New England, the Patriots had their own make-believe practice. For them, Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was unable to participate. They also had 12 players listed as limited, meaning that they did not take all of the team reps in a practice that featured no team reps. Among the notable limited for the Patriots were WR Deion Branch (knee), S Patrick Chung (knee), LB Brandon Spikes (knee) and WR Wes Welker (knee).

Perhaps the strangest item in all of this: C Dan Connolly (groin) and WR Matthew Slater (shoulder) were on the injury report but would have practiced fully. You know, had there been a practice. So these guys didn’t miss anything, there was nothing to miss, and they still are on the injury report.
 

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