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Giants' Bradshaw makes return to practice; Nicks held out again

To no one's surprise, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw returned to practice Friday, a move that's been par for the course for the fifth-year back since he returned from a foot injury at the end of the season.

Bradshaw typically has practiced one day per week after missing four games in November, with Friday consisting of his lone practice day.

Along with Bradshaw, center David Baas (abdomen/neck) and linebacker Chase Blackburn (calf) were back out on the field Friday on a limited basis.

Wideout Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) was not seen going through drills during the portion of Friday's practice available to the media and missed practice for a second straight day.

Nicks told reporters following practice that he suffered a sprained AC joint during the first half of last Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

"It was painful," Nicks said. "I landed right on the AC joint that I injured."

Nicks said he fully expects to be ready to practice next week leading up to next Sunday's Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

"I am going to use the next couple of days to get it back right," Nicks said.

Giants cornerbacks Will Blackmon (knee) and Corey Webster (hamstring) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (foot) also did not practice.

Williams, a backup, might be the Giants' biggest concern. He wore a walking cast on his right foot Friday, but said he expects to practice next week.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee/ankle) also was limited but he has been that way most of the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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