As the Giants struggle with a stomach bug that seems to be going around the team -- Eli Manning apparently passed it off to David Baas, who missed practice Friday -- two of Manning’s top targets are not 100 percent healthy.
Receiver Hakeem Nicks rolled his ankle in practice Friday, a somewhat-common occurrence for him, and tight end Jake Ballard had a procedure on his knee this week that has left him questionable to play Sunday vs. the Giants.
Not to worry, both said, because they’re both going to play. In fact, one reporter asked what it would take to keep them off the field for Sunday’s NFC title game vs. the 49ers.
"Nothing I can think of, off the top of my head,” Nicks said, via the NY Daily News.
“If I was missing a leg, that’s probably what it would take to keep me off the field,” said Ballard.
While Nicks should be good to go, there’s apparently some concern regarding Ballard. He didn’t have surgery, but there were reports Friday that Ballard had an injection to help reduce the swelling in his knee, stemming from a partially-torn PCL he suffered late in the year that kept him out of the final two regular-season games.
“A PCL isn't going to heal overnight,” Ballard said. “To really get healthy, it's about six or seven weeks without playing football. That’s not going to happen, so I’ll be ready to go … I think I’ll be better off than before. (The injection) should help it a lot.”
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