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Wednesday Injury Report

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - No new names were added to the Giants' early injury list today and those that have been there for a while are making progress.

Offensive lineman David Diehl, who has missed four games with hip and hamstring injuries, will practice today with an eye toward returning for Sunday's game in Minnesota.

"Diehl is practicing and I'm trying not to consider even any limit," Coach Tom Coughlin said this morning. "We'll see how he does. Hopefully, he's in a position conditioning-wise where he can just practice and go."

Steve Smith, inactive for four games with a pectoral injury, might also return vs. the Vikings.

"Steve Smith is going to practice – we'll see how that is," Coughlin said. "He does have a limitation on his practice, but that could easily change if we see that he's doing well."

Hakeem Nicks, sidelined for two weeks with compartment syndrome in his lower leg, will do individual drills at the start of practice. "If that works out, he may take a couple of snaps." 

Center Shaun O'Hara hasn't played since spraining his foot at Dallas on Oct. 25.

"O'Hara is going to try, he's going to go," Coughlin said. "He expects to start out and move gradually, because this would be his first week (on the field). We would like to see where he is and hopefully we can go from there."

Offensive lineman Shawn Andrews, who missed the last two games with back problems, "feels better," according to Coughlin and will work on the side.

Cornerback/return specialist Will Blackmon will be on the field with "some limitations" after missing two games with a chest injury.

All of the injured players will be examined by team doctors this evening.


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