Hakeem Nicks knows that he is playing on Sunday against the Cowboys, but would prefer not to address much else.

Thursday, the Giants wide receiver returned to practice after missing workouts on Wednesday with a groin issue. His injury was then redescribed as an "abdominal strain," one that Nicks said he had checked out on Wednesday after he said it had been bothering him all season.

Nicks said he was directed by his agent Peter Schaffer to have the strain examined. Schaffer declined to comment on the matter. But when asked about the seriousness of the injury, Nicks said he wouldn’t even call it an injury. Or, maybe it was.

"I am not obligated to go into detail about it because coach (Tom) Coughlin doesn’t want us talking about our injuries," Nicks said.

During a brief interview session, Nicks spoke about why he needs to be careful in his "situation," which, when looked at broadly, could mean plenty when it comes to the former first-round draft pick.

Nicks’ "situation" could be that he’s in a contract year, and that a serious injury could tarnish what some league executives believe will be a lucrative payday in free agency this offseason. His "situation" could be his history with injuries; a list that includes groin issues, a broken foot, knee issues and now, a strained abdomen.

Or his "situation" could be what is occurring on the field. Nicks has been held without a touchdown so far this season, and appeared to show some emotion on the sideline last Sunday following an overthrown ball in his direction.