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The Giants Are Approaching Full Strength for Sunday’s Game

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 9: Osi Umenyiora #72 and Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants sack quarterback Charlie Whitehurst #6 of the Seattle Seahawks during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks defeated the Giants 36.25. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Perhaps you've heard that the Giants have a pretty important game coming up this Sunday. Perhaps you've also heard that New York has been beset by injuries all season long. With the Cowboys and a simple "win or go home" scenario on the docket, the Giants are pushing to get as many of those ailing players ready enough to participate in Sunday's critical showdown for the NFC East title. And while some folks aren't and won't be fully healthy, it looks like they'll give it a shot. 

After a month on the sidelines, Osi Umenyiora is back at practice this week, testing his sprained ankle to see if it's ready to propel him through the Cowboy's offensive line. The Giants have a perfectly capable replacement (and recently honored Pro-Bowler) in Jason Pierre-Paul if Umenyiora isn't up for the task, but would still love to see their starter give it a shot. The ever-shifting injury bug has deprived Giants fans of occasions to see Umenyiora and Justin Tuck playing simultaneously, and this elimination game seems a timely occasion to get the tandem back in action.

On offense, Hakeem Nicks is still recovering from the strained hamstring he suffered in the win over the Jets, but sounds like he'll just make do with whatever his leg muscles have to offer:

"I would like to say that I can be myself but you never know," Nicks said of playing on Sunday with this hamstring injury. "These things are tricky. I am going to go ahead and claim that I will be myself out there. I always got to think positive."

"It is all or nothing," Nicks added. "It is playoffs now. I don't see myself missing [the game]."

Meanwhile, Mario Manningham, who missed that last game, is hoping to play through his knee injury and join Nicks in the deep attack. Pretty much across the board, those Giants who are in pain but still might have something to offer will be inclined to give it a go. The same goes for some Dallas starters — Tony Romo, Felix Jones — who are hurting, but simply must play. There's nothing left to wait for at this point. 

Photo: Rich Schultz/Getty Images