East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Giants could face the New Orleans Saints Sunday without two key players, with receiver Hakeem Nicks questionable with a sore left knee and safety Kenny Phillips doubtful with a knee injury.
Nicks missed Thursday’s practice with a sore knee. He missed three games this season due to the swelling in the same knee and issues with his surgically repaired right foot.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin put Nicks’ status to limited Friday and expressed hope he can play Sunday.
Nicks’ season has been marred by injuries, causing his numbers to take a hit. He has just has just 46 catches for 585 yards and two touchdowns. In the past two seasons, Nicks has at least six touchdowns and has topped 1,000 yards every year.
In the Giants’ loss to the Washington Redskins, he caught five passes for 43 yards against Washington although he was targeted frequently.
Phillips, who missed six games with a sprained MCL, aggravated his knee against the Green Bay Packers Nov. 25.
Against Washington, Phillips played just 20 of the team’s 54 defensive snaps. He did not practice this week.
Phillips was also doubtful for Monday’s game against Washington but ultimately played.
“We’ll see,” Coughlin said about Phillips. “He hasn’t been able to do a whole lot this week.”
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has issues with his foot but his status is probable after practicing Friday as part of his once a week schedule.
The running back has only missed one game this year and that was because of a neck injury. Bradshaw is coming off just his third 100-yard rushing day of the season against the Redskins.
Linebacker Jacquian Williams could also return against the Saints but he will have to be cleared by the team’s medical and coaching staff.
Williams, the team’s fastest linebacker, has missed the last six games with a PCL injury but practiced all week. The Giants could use him against New Orleans’ dynamic tight end Jimmy Graham.
Meanwhile, defensive Jason Pierre-Paul (back), wide receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle), linebacker Chase Blackburn (ankle), center David Baas (shoulder) and linebacker Michael Boley (shoulder) are all probable. Safety Tyler Sash (hamstring) and tight end Travis Beckum (knee) have been ruled out.