Steve Smith expects to play

Updated: December 12, 2010, 3:35 AM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Giants wide receivers Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks joined the team on their morning flight to Minnesota and are expected to play against the Vikings on Monday night.

The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was pushed back because of a blizzard in Minneapolis. The Giants spent Saturday night in Kansas City.

Nicks and Smith are listed as questionable but have been able to practice on a limited basis during the week. Smith will play after missing four games with a partially torn pectoral muscle. Nicks is expected to play as well after missing two games after undergoing surgery to relieve swelling in his leg.

If Smith plays, coach Tom Coughlin said he will wear a harness to protect his chest.

"It keeps you from stretching back too much or stretching for the ball too high," Smith said. "Hopefully [quarterback] Eli [Manning] will keep it within my arm radius."

Also, center Shaun O'Hara made the trip. He is listed as doubtful with a foot injury that has kept him out of the last five games.

The offensive line will get David Diehl back at left tackle, replacing substitute William Beatty. Rich Seubert will likely continue to play center.

Tackle Shawn Andrews was the only Giant not to make the morning flight to Minnesota, according to the team.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus was used in this report.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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