The San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants are eagerly awaiting the start of the NFC Championship Game, which will be played on Sunday afternoon in the rainy Bay Area. While both teams are expected to have most of their starters available to play, there were a few notable absences from practice on Thursday. Here is the full injury report:
Did Not Participate In Practice: CB Tarell Brown (thigh), WR Ted Ginn (knee), C Jonathan Goodwin (calf), LB Patrick Willis (knee)
Limited Participation: S Dashon Goldson (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (jaw)
Did Not Participate In Practice: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot)
Limited Participation: LB Mark Herzlich (ankle), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)
Full Participation: QB Eli Manning (illness)
The news of Willis not practicing was to be expected for the most part. The star linebacker has been bothered by a sore knee for the last few months and was simply sitting out to get another day of rest. As for the Giants, Bradshaw has continually managed to miss practices and still produce on Sundays, and you should fully expect him to play this weekend. Eli Manning is also back to complete health after battling a flu bug the last few days.