The Cavalry Is Coming!

Without three starters on the offensive line and their top two receivers the Giants’ put together another impressive win today, defeating the Washington Redskins 31-7. Here’s the latest update on the injury woes:

Steve Smith: According to reports, Steve Smith will practice on Wednesday and believes his chances are “pretty good” for him to play Sunday against the Vikings. However, Smith does believe he will be limited in certain aspects. Any Smith is better than no Smith, that’s for sure.

Hakeem Nicks: Hakeem Nicks caught a few balls on the sidelines in practice last week and was expecting to get his stitches out today, which is two day’s earlier than they originally planned for. If that goes well, Nicks’ could do individual drills on Wednesday.

If that goes well and they don’t feel he needs to stay off it for a few more day’s, he could very well do some individuals on Wednesday. Nicks’ is aiming to return Sunday, but expect the Giants’ to be cautious with him.

David Diehl: Out of all the three offensive linemen injured, Diehl is the closest to returning. Diehl practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but apparently wasn’t ready to go Sunday. It wouldn’t shock me if Diehl is limited at times in practice this week, but he looks like he may play next week. But again, with hamstring injuries you just never know. If the Giants’ feel he isn’t 100% just yet, he won’t go this week.

Shaun O’Hara: The anchor of the Giants line has been slow to get back from his lisfrac sprain but was on the field for practice last week, and did a few individual drills. O’Hara is walking without the protective boot on his foot, for the second week and a row and said “I’m feeling a lot better.” I don’t think O’Hara will go this week, but you can be sure he’ll do his best to try and convince the trainers to let him begin running. A return against the Eagles in two weeks seems more likely.

Shawn Andrews: There has been no new updates on Shawn Andrews, aside from Tom Coughlin finally admitting his injury is “more than muscle,” which doesn’t bode well for the first year Giant. Andrews missed the past two seasons with back problems. Shawn Andrews was in the hospital just last week with back pain. Coughlin also added that Andrews is “still struggling.” You can’t expect to see Andrews back this week, or next week for that matter. Unless news breaks on Andrews’ don’t count on seeing him back anytime soon.


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