It appears that Hakeem Nicks will be back on the field tomorrow against the vaunted San Francisco 49rs defense. Nicks has made the trip to San Francisco, which is important because you normally do not travel to road games if you are not expected to play. His return to the offense will be a huge asset for the Giants. His absence allowed other players to step into the starting lineup and get reps on the real stage, but he is a top receiver in this league and is an excellent complement to Victor Cruz.
Three players did not make the trip to San Francisco. Running back Andre Brown, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and safety Kenny Phillips. New York does have the depth to replace these players, and although Stevie Brown played well last week, he is a downgrade from Phillips. The Giants will need to be at their best tomorrow to get a road win against the 49rs.