On the injury front, only OL Shaun Andrews did not practice in some form yesterday. Coach Tom Coughlin reiterated that Andrews was improving, but not quite ready to return.
Everyone else was out on the field. Coughlin said WRs Hakeem Nicks (leg) and Steve Smith (pec) were "on track" for Sunday and confirmed that both were cleared to play by the medical staff.
They were still listed as limited, but Smith appears ready and Nicks is ahead of schedule. "I'm a fast healer," joked Nicks. T David Diehl is near 100% and is expected back Sunday.
C Shaun O'Hara (foot), CB Will Blackmon (chest), S Brian Jackson (hand) and Osi Umenyiora (knee) were all limited. Osi will surely play. His reduced workload during the week is now the norm. The others are still dealing with injuries and of the group, only Jackson has a real chance of playing this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) was back in action yesterday. Coughlin revealed that Bradshaw injured his wrist during last week's win over Washington and that he expected him to play this Sunday.
"They did, they scored forty something points. Obviously, they had to have run up the score if they did that. They are there to play a game, they're there to run and execute their offense, and as a defense we were supposed to stop them and we didn't. It seemed like we couldn't, and they just continued to take advantage of that which is the way the game goes.....I think that's our fault for allowing that to happen. If I was on offense, I'd try to score 100. I don't care who I'm playing against. That's what they did and kudos to them for that..." - DE Osi Umenyiora on last year's 44-7 loss to the Vikings in Week 17.
"Jonathan has played pretty solid. He didn't play as well two weeks ago, I think it was against Jacksonville and both he and I – I said something to him and he said, ‘Yeah, that wasn't my best game,' and I said, ‘Well, let's get you back on track.' Jon has been very consistent for us. He plays about 35 to 45 plays a ball game and that's hitting right in stride because he plays special teams also for us. He's a very detailed and assignment-oriented guy, so when he comes off like that it's really good for us." - DC Perry Fewell on MLB Jonathan Goff
"He's very lucky. Seriously, he is. A lot of luck comes from preparation. He's one of those guys that prepares to -enth hour and benefits. He's definitely a prime example of that. You just give the guy credit, he's a tough guy. A lot of people don't look at Eli as a tough guy but when you think about playing through his shoulder hurting and his foot was hurting one year, he's played through some injuries and he constantly goes to work. I really commend him for that." - DE Justin Tuck on Eli Manning, who is starting his 100th consecutive game.
Chris Canty [audio:http://snygiants.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/12-9-dt-chris-canty.mp3|titles=12.9 DT Chris Canty]
Ahmad Bradshaw [audio:http://snygiants.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/9-9-rb-ahmad-bradshaw.mp3|titles=9.9 RB Ahmad Bradshaw]
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