Ramses Barden: Updating Status of Giants WR for Week 6

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 13, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Wide receiver Ramses Barden #13 of the New York Giants catches a pass in front of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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New York Giants receiver Ramses Barden looks like a sure bet to play in Week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers, but don't expect for Barden to be a major factor with a healing receiver group headed to the West Coast. 

Barden, who caught nine passes for 136 yards and a score in a breakout effort against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, suffered a concussion in Philadelphia the next week and hasn't played since. 

This week, Barden has returned to practice without any limitations, and he's probable (75 percent chance or better) to play Sunday.

While Barden continues getting healthy, so does the rest of the receivers on the Giants' depth chart. 

Starter Hakeem Nicks, who has missed the last three games because of pain in his surgically repaired foot and swelling in his left knee, traveled with the team to San Francisco and is on track to play, according to ESPN New York

"I would like to see what the coaches are going to say about it in the morning [on Sunday] and what the trainers are going to say, but I think I've got a pretty good shot," Nicks said. 

If active, Nicks will start opposite Victor Cruz against the 49ers.

But even if Nicks is limited Sunday, Barden's opportunities are likely to be limited.

Domenik Hixon and Rueben Randle are both healthy and contributing on offense. Hixon has been productive over the last two weeks, catching 11 passes for 169 yards in a more featured role. Randle, the Giants' second-round pick in 2012, caught six passes for 82 yards in New York's 41-27 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. 

How Barden fits back into this receiving mix is mostly unknown. 

Barden's return from a concussion is the good news. The bad news is that the Giants now run five-deep at receiver, with Barden somewhere in the No. 3-No. 5 range on the depth chart.

Don't expect a big contribution from Barden in Week 6 against the 49ers.