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Good news on the wide receiver front for the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants, as Stevie Johnson and Hakeem Nicks are both expected to play today.

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"Aaaarrrghhhh, my knee!"

Fantasy owners of New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks have been teased this season with short bursts of brilliance followed immediately by injury-plagued mediocrity. His Week 2 performance against the Bucs (10 receptions for 199 yards and a TD), stands out as a mirage of greatness floating in a desert of under-performing sadness.

Last week against the Steelers, Nicks had his worst game of the season, catching just one ball for ten yards while only being targeted four times.

This week, he may not even play…

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The New York Giants got some good news on the injury front, as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returned to the practice field, taking part in individual drills earlier today. Nicks has missed the last three games with knee and foot injuries suffered in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If you picked up receivers Domenik Hixon (15 rec for 236 yards), Ramses Barden (12 rec for 198 yards) or Rueben Randle (7 rec for 86 yards) keep them on your roster for the time being. Nicks’ return to practice doesn’t guarantee he’ll play Week 6 against the 49ers, though, as the team will keep an eye on how the foot and knee respond to the light drills he participated in today. On the year, Nicks has 237 yards on 14 receptions and one touchdown.

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As is our usual practice on a Friday afternoon, later today we’ll get naked take a journey around the training tables and Japanese massage rooms throughout the league, and give a final update on the injuries of the week as we take a brief sabbatical for, oh, eight hours or so.

But this injury warrants its own special place, because it will bestow more sadness on Hakeem Nicks owners, and more glee on Ramses Barden owners. Remember, Ramses foretold our destiny, and fathered over 100 children.

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Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hakeem Nicks was a fantasy football god. The New York Giants’ wide receiver made ten catches for 199 yards and a touchdown, as the Giants scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to stun the Bucs 41-34.

This week, due to a nagging foot injury, Nicks won’t even play.

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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.

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