WR Nicks hopes to play in preseason finale

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks hopes to play in the New York Giants’

preseason finale against the New England Patriots Wednesday.

Nicks broke his right foot during Organized Team Activities this

spring and started training camp on the physically unable to

perform list. He was put on the active roster just before the team

left the University of Albany two weeks ago, and he started running

at full speed in practice Sunday.

”It looks pretty good,” Nicks said. ”I’m supposed to be able

to take some live snaps this week. That’s what (equals)Coach

(Coughlin) told me yesterday when I asked him. Doctor said the same

thing, so that’s what we look forward to doing.”

Nicks, who was the Giants’ top receiver in the playoffs last

season, has not played in the preseason, but is anxious to get

going.

”Definitely can’t wait, going against some live action knowing

that somebody is going to be hitting me after I catch the ball

now,” Nicks said. ”It will get my feet wet a little bit for this

opening game. That’s what I look forward to, getting some live

snaps and hopefully I get in a couple routine routes down with Eli

(Manning).”

Cornerback Terrell Thomas said the Giants are being cautious as

he rehabilitates his right knee.

Thomas, who had reconstructive surgery to repair his anterior

cruciate ligament last year, aggravated the injury days into

training camp this summer. He went to see three doctors and the

consensus was that he did not need more surgery.

Thomas, who was projected as a starter, has been running on an

underwater treadmill, working on an elliptical and doing squatting,

lunging and other exercises. He hopes to start running Wednesday or

Thursday. He wrote on his blog this past weekend that he wanted to

play in the season opener against Dallas Sept. 5.

”I know there was a big buzz about the comment on my blog, and

you know, it’s in the doctor’s hands,” he said. ”That’s what I’m

shooting for as a player. I’m never going to sell myself short. I

always want to compete and I’ve been pushing myself very hard in

the weight room and in the training room and I feel great. I feel

like I’m improving, my leg feels great.”

With Thomas sidelined and Prince Amukamara (ankle sprain) and

rookie Jayron Hosley (turf toe) not practicing, the Giants (No. 3

in the AP Pro32) are thin at cornerback.

”We can’t get right at corner. It was Aaron (Ross) then me,

then Prince, now Prince (again) and me and Hosley,” Thomas said.

”We’re all suffering from it. But we’re all working hard to get

back and once we all get back out there, we’ll be at full force and

that’s the goal.”

Safety Tyler Sash said the reason he had to leave practice on

Sunday was because he has bone spurs in his left ankle and they

locked up during the workout. He said the same thing happened once

or twice in college and cleared up after a couple of days. He hopes

to play on Wednesday in the preseason finale against New

England.

Sash, who was suspended by the league for the first four games

of the regular season for using a banned substance, was to meet

with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to discuss the case.

The league has already denied his appeal. He would like an

explanation why the league would suspend him for using a

prescription a doctor gave him to combat anxiety while

speaking.

”I’m just going in there open-minded and anything that comes of

it is meant to be,” he said. ”I’m the type of person, I’m going

to continue on. I’m going to try to continue to get better no

matter what happens to me. If I get four games, it’s a lesson

learned. If it gets reduced, it gets reduced. If it gets taken

away, it gets taken away. But I’m going in there expecting right

now, as everyone knows, I still have four games.

”I just want to talk to him and see what’s going on.”

EXTRA POINTS: Will Beatty was at practice after missing most of

training camp with back issues. He worked at left tackle and Sean

Locklear moved to the right side. David Diehl took most of the

afternoon off. … DE Justin Tuck went to the Hospital for Special

Surgery in New York to have his shoulder examined. Coach Tom

Coughlin said it was precautionary. … DEs, Jason Pierre-Paul

(back) and Osi Umenyiora (knee) also didn’t practice, but are

expected to be ready for the season opener. … RB Ahmad Bradshaw

practiced on Monday. He bruised his right hand against the Jets

Aug. 18.

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