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Smith and Manningham up in the air, but O'Hara could be nearing a return

New York Giants' Mario Manningham, left, scores a

New York Giants' Mario Manningham, left, scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Meadowlands Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Clint Sintim's ACL injury that will require surgery may be the worst injury the Giants suffered in Monday night's game against the Vikings. But it is far from the most significant given his limited role in the defense and somewhat-easily-replaced role on special teams.

The big injuries are the ones to Steve Smith and Mario Manningham, which could mean that the Giants are back to having two of their top three receivers out -- only a different combination this time.

The way Steve Smith limped off the field wincing from a hamstring injury after being awkwardly yanked to the ground in the fourth quarter, it's hard to imagine him being ready to play on Sunday against the Eagles. And Mario Manningham is suffering from a hip flexor injury that prevented him from returning to the game and could keep him out on Sunday as well.

Tom Coughlin offered no updates on either player, saying only that they are "sore" and undergoing tests. But it seems unlikely that the Giants will have either of them against the Eagles.

This after a disappointing game passing the ball in the controlled climate of Ford Field.

"I don’t think we were as effective with the throwing game or the passing game as we have been or we will be," Coughlin said today.

The good news is that Hakeem Nicks did appear to come out of the game clean -- the one time he went to the sideline after the deep ball that was overthrown to him was to retape his leg, he said. He said he was still thinking about the leg while he was playing on Monday night, but expects to have cleared that mental hurdle by the time he plays on Sunday against the Eagles.

And there might be some good injury news. Coughlin said Shaun O'Hara wil take more reps in practice this week and he could be close to returning for the game on Sunday. This after missing seven games with a foot injury.

It'll be good for the Giants to get back the guy who leads the NFC in Pro Bowl fan voting at center even though he's only played four games this season. He can start earning his ballots.

It also could mean that the Giants' offensive line for Sunday could very well be the "original" five of Diehl, Seubert, O'Hara, Snee and McKenzie. We haven;t seen that since the first Cowboys game.

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