Hakeem Nicks was a surprise absentee from the New York Giants practice on Thursday. He was back on the field Friday and should be ready for Sunday's meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

Nicks was held out Thursday with knee soreness, The Star-Ledger reported, and the receiver continues to deal with pain from the sprained left MCL he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks was sidelined for precautionary reasons after playing in the last seven games. He's finally found some rhythm with quarterback Eli Manning, hauling in 19 of his 46 receptions over the past three games.