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Hakeem Nicks returns to New York Giants practice

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The New York Giants have said all along they expect wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to be ready for the season opener -- Sept. 5 against the Dallas Cowboys -- as he recovers from his foot injury. He appears to be on track.

Nicks made his return to a full-squad practice on Monday for the first time since being activated off the PUP list. He only took roughly half the snaps, but Nicks caught a touchdown and looked good making an over-the-shoulder catch during 11-on-11 drills.

"He seemed to be pretty good, seemed to feel good," coach Tom Coughlin said, via The Star-Ledger. "He moved around well and did a good job with it."

It's uncertain if Nicks will play in this week's preseason game against the Chicago Bears, but we would anticipate him getting a few snaps before the season opener.

At running back, Ahmad Bradshaw was able to practice some despite a bruised hand. Giants coach Tom Coughlin's response: "I think he could do more."

(So much for that kinder, gentler Coughlin.)

Perhaps trying to send a message, the Giants gave first-round draft pick David Wilson some snaps with the first team. Coughlin said that was the plan all along, but Wilson has run as the team's No. 4 running back until this point of training camp.

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