Giants' Nicks rolls ankle, flu bug hits Baas


First-year Giants center David Baas, who spent his previous six seasons with the 49ers, and tight end Jake Ballard did not practice on Friday, New York's final practice before heading west to meet San Francisco in Sunday's NFL Championship.Officially, Ballard was listed as "questionable" after undergoing an undisclosed procedure on a knee that coach Tom Coughlin told reporters was not surgical.Perhaps more troubling for New York was the fact that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was added to the report after rolling his ankle while running an in cut on a route.The team listed Nicks as limited but hes officially probable for Sunday.Rolled it a little bit, Nicks said, who added that he's been dealing with a tricky ankle for years,and rolls it twice a season. Same one. Same one I rolled earlier in the season. Same one I always roll.Coughlin did not try and quantify it in medical terms. He called it basketball ankle.
Nicks has 13 passes for 280 yards and four TDs in two playoff games, highlighted by his leaping grab of a Hail Mary pass from Eli Manning for a score just before halftime last week in Green Bay.
Baas, meanwhile, was sick and, along with running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle), quarterback Eli Manning (illness), defensive ends Justin Tuck (shoulder) and Osi Umenyiora (kneeankle) and cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring), is "probable."For Bradshaw, it was his first practice of the week, though that has been his custom of late, sitting out Wednesday and Thursday before going on Friday.

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