Here is the latest word on Giants DE Osi Umenyiora:
For the first time since August, Giants DE Osi Umenyiora took to the practice field, albeit on a very limited basis. Umenyiora started jogging a few days ago and “has looked good,” according to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, but Umenyiora will not play against the Rams in the Giants first Monday night showdown since 2005. There is hope within the organization that Umenyiora will play against the Eagles Week 3, but at this point, it all depends on how much Umenyiora can practice this upcoming week. The Giants will have a shortened practice week because they play on Monday night, so the cards are not stacked in Umenyiora’s favor.
Tuck and Cover: The other Giants DE Justin Tuck is listed as questionable. Tuck has practiced all week on a limited basis, and has said he think’s he’ll play Monday. He also thought he would have played last week, too. Tuck’s injury is not structural; it’s muscular, which is a good thing. As you are well aware, former LB Antonio Pierce had to retire, and the Giants almost lost DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka due to neck injuries which were structural. I think Tuck will play this week.
Hakeem the Dream: Giants WR Hakeem Nicks is also listed as questionable, as he practiced two days this week on a limited basis. Nicks’ has has said he will play Monday night, but Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks will need to get clearance from the doctors before he can go. The swelling in his knee has subsided and it’s a matter of the knee loosening up enough to where Nicks can play effectively. The extra day works very well in Nicks’ favor. It will allow him to get another full day of rest and treatment, which is huge for Nicks’ chances. If your a Hakeem Nicks fantasy owner you must proceed with caution. However, it does appear like Nicks will play. If he doesn’t, though, I suggest you pickup WR Dominick Hixon. He’d play in Nicks’ role if he can’t go Monday.
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