Notebook: WR Barden Activated By Giants

Ramses Barden (Getty)

News and notes on the Giants as they prepare to take on the New England Patriots in Foxboro on Sunday.

-- RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who has had a history of foot problems since entering the league, suffered a cracked bone in his foot during last week's game against Miami. While the running back's status is unknown, head coach Tom Coughlin pointed out that Bradshaw has played through a similar injury before and that he didn't rule Bradshaw out for Sunday's game against New England. However, a source with knowledge of Bradshaw's condition said the expectation is that the running back will not play this week against New England, but that Bradshaw does not need surgery at this point.

-- TE/FB Bear Pascoe (finger) was added to the injury report on Thursday, and listed as limited.

-- WR Domenik Hixon, who is currently on injured reserve after having knee surgery a month ago, said he is making rapid progress in his rehab, and has been able to discard his cane just four weeks after having reconstructive surgery. Hixon said it will still be a few more weeks before he's cleared to begin running, but added that he's well ahead of schedule in his recovery to repair a torn ACL.

-- WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) missed his second straight day of practice and was unlikely to play on Sunday. Nicks, who had a goal of playing in his first 16-game season this year, said, "I'm not even thinking about that now. I just have to be smart about this decision." (Hicks was downgraded to OUT for the game).

-- FB Henry Hynoski (neck) was limited in Thursday's practice.

-- DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) was added to the injury report on Thursday, and listed as limited. Pierre-Paul suffered his injury in practice when he collided with a teammate and was undergoing evaluation on Thursday afternoon as a precaution.

-- DE Justin Tuck (groin) participated fully in Thursday's practice. Tuck had his neck injury removed from the injury report as it apparently is no longer an issue.

-- WR Mario Manningham (illness) participated fully in Thursday's practice.

-- DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice.

-- CB Prince Amukamara, who could make his 2011 NFL debut this Sunday, said that when he does eventually get onto the field, his first snaps will be outside rather than in the slot. "Yes, most likely because I haven't had a lot of reps in the slot," he said when asked where he was most comfortable at this point. Amukamara was limited in Thursday's practice.

-- WR Ramses Barden, who took his first snaps this week with the starters, said he's continuing to prepare himself as though he's going to be activated Sunday. "I'd like to think that it does," he said when asked if there was any significance to him taking snaps with the first team. "You know my thought process; I prepare myself to be the man every week because you never know what's going to happen." Barden said he wasn't concerned about having any rust despite the fact that he's been unable to play the game for a year. "I'm not thinking of anything that I might have ? that's not how a competitor thinks. You work on those things during the week and hopefully by the time Sunday comes, they're all be ironed out and taken care of. I plan on taking every snap with the opportunity to take advantage of the defense and look for holes and opportunities to exploit their weaknesses."

--  Barden has been activated by the Giants, who will be without Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) at New England. Barden has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a fractured ankle suffered Nov. 14 of last season. He returned to practice following the Giants' bye two weeks ago. Barden has six catches for 80 yards in nine games through his first two seasons.

 -- C David Baas did not make the trip with the team to New England.  Baas who had been improving during the week was unable to return to full participation on Friday. The veteran center vowed not to hurt the team by trying to play through the injury. "If I can go I'm going to go," Baas told the Star-Ledger. "I'm never going to hurt the team by not being able to give 100 percent."  Baas will be replaced by Kevin Boothe, a reserve lineman who has already filled in for Baas earlier this year.  

Material from the sports Xchange was used in this report.

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