Via Adam Schefter, the Giants fully except WR Hakeem Nicks to play tonight, but how effective he’ll be is a question worth considering for fantasy owners looking to get off on the right foot – pardon the horrible pun.

After a solid week of practices, the Giants medical staff held the North Carolina product out of workouts on Sunday and Monday to ensure Nicks will be ready for tonight’s game. The plan seems to have been a success. Nicks has played in only two offensive series this preseason, and he noted that his foot wasn’t 100 percent healed after he suffered a broken toe in late May. That said, the star WR is adamant he will play tonight:

“It’s not that it’s perfect, but it’s nothing that is going to stop me from playing.”

Though not as serious as Adrian Peterson’s knee injury, Tom Coughlin and Leslie Frazier will have to make difficult decisions this week. It’s of no gain to the Giants in the long term to see Nicks aggravate the injury and miss more time. Expect Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to get the majority of the looks tonight, and Nicks owners would be wise to opt for another play.

Injury notables for tonight

LBs Michael Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka, CB Jayron Hosley, LT  Will Beatty, DE Adrian Tracy and RB  Da’Rel Scott are all listed as questionable for the Giants. CB Prince Amukamara, DT Marvin Austin and OT  James Brewer have been ruled out.

Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff has been ruled out, which is a big blow to Dallas’ run D, and Ahmad Bradshaw owners are justifiably licking their chops . CB Mike Jenkins is questionable, and Rookie Morris Claiborne will likely get the start in his place.

Jason Witten really, really wants to play tonight. The tight end has offered to sign a medical waiver that would abosolve the team of any liability should he get injured, but the Cowboys have refused to accept. He’s made the trip to New York and remains a game time decision.

Look out, here comes more hurt…

  • Rashard Mendenhall looked “incredible” in practice on Monday according to several teammates. Coach Mike Tomlin believes the running back could play on Sunday night but, Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette doesn’t buy it. Isaac Redman owners should keep a close eye on this situation as it develops. [Rotoworld]
  • Bengals RB Bernard Scott has ruled himself out of Monday night’s contest against Baltimore. Brian Leonard will handle third down duties for Cincinnati. [Joe Reedy]
  • After suffering a knee injury last Thursday, Seahawks WR Golden Tate will likely miss the team’s opener against Arizona. The injury could keep the Notre Damn alum out for two weeks, and maybe lead to more balls in Braylon Edwards’ direction. [Seattle Times]
  • Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart missed his second straight practice, but he made the trip to Tampa Bay with the team. [Joe Person]

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