New York Giants wideouts Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham sat out Wednesday’s practice, but in a surprising turn of events, defensive end Osi Umenyiora was back on the field, a positive sign he could play in Sunday night’s postseason play-in game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Umenyiora, currently battling neck and ankle injuries, has not played since Nov. 28. A source familiar with the situation told The Bergen County (N.J.) Record, via The Dallas Morning News, that Umenyiora’s ability to push off his ankle would dictate his status for Sunday.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters, via The Star Ledger, he’s optimistic that Nicks and Manningham will be able to play Sunday. Nicks currently is nursing a sore hamstring, and Manningham sat out last weekend’s win over the New York Jets with a knee injury.
The Giants aren’t the only team with a star player facing questionable status; Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a bruised hand, sustained last weekend in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
All signs point to Romo starting against the Giants, however. Coughlin expects to see Romo take the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
"The guys find a way to get out of the training room; this will be no different with Romo," Coughlin said. "I fully expect that he’ll be ready to go."