The New York Giants enter the final month of the regular season looking to separate themselves from the pack in the NFC playoff race, and it's starting to look like help is on the way.

Giants beat writer Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported that the Giants' top 2 wide receivers Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks returned to practice the last couple of days, both coming off of lengthy injury recoveries.

Smith has missed the last 4 games with a partial tear in his pectoral muscle, which limited his range motion with both arms. Meanwhile, Nicks has been out the last 2 games with a right leg injury known as Compartment Syndrome.

Also, running back Ahmad Bradshaw returned to practice today after sitting out yesterday's session with a sore right wrist. Head coach Tom Coughlin believes Bradshaw will be good to go against the Vikings on Sunday.

With only 4 games left in the regular season, every game is extremely important for a Giants team that is competing for either the NFC East title or a Wild Card spot. New York's rough schedule starts in Minnesota this weekend, followed by the Eagles, Packers and Redskins.