Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/29/11
The New York Giants passing game may have to Cruz alone this Sunday night if injuries to Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham keep two-thirds of their three-headed monster sidelined. But not if Tom Coughlin's outlook is as rosy as his cheeks. The head coach said he was "optimistic right now"  that both players could take the field in the do-or-die game against the Dallas Cowboys and join Eli Manning's latest favorite target Victor Cruz on the field. Nicks—who re-injured his hamstring in the first quarter Saturday against the New York Jets—expects to be ready when the Giants meet the Cowboys for the NFC East title at MetLife Stadium. The receiver sat out yesterday's practice but is feeling Coughlin's optimism. "I don't see myself missing this game," said Nicks. Giants fans shouldn't take that remark to heart— just yet. "If I'm out there, I'd like to say I'd be myself, but you never know," he said.  "These things are tricky.  I'm gonna go ahead and claim I'll be myself out there.  I always
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