Help is on the way for Giants, but at least a week away

Next week.

Maybe that is when the limping New York Giants will get some much needed help.

Until then, they will once again be short-handed when they play the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The walking wounded are doing better, but they’re still out of service. The Giants are expected to miss left tackles David Diehl (hamstring) and Shawn Andrews (back). Diehl is doubtful after limited participation in practice on Friday, and Andrews is out. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (leg) is out and fellow receiver Steve Smith (chest) is doubtful after he also had limited participation in practice Friday.Another offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara remains out and return man Will Blackmon is sidelined too.

Smith has targeted next week as a return date for some time, although that remains up in the air, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Nicks is expected to have stitches removed from his leg this weekend and he should begin running on Monday. He could practice Monday and be ready next Sunday.

But it’s all up in the air and the Giants are going to have to make do while keeping pace with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

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