By Larry Fine
INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Linebacker Jacquian Williams shed his walking boot on Tuesday and said he was hopeful of practicing Wednesday as the New York Giants looked likely to be at full strength for Sunday's Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Williams, who suffered the injury during the NFC title game where he forced a turnover in overtime that set up the winning score, said he was confident he would overcome the strained right foot that has sidelined him.
Other key Giants players, including running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) and cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring) also said they were ready to go at full speed.
"It feels a lot better this week," said Nicks, who along with slot receiver Victor Cruz and wide receiver Mario Manningham, provides the Giants with big-play targets for quarterback Eli Manning. "It's not sore or anything.
The Giants followed the Patriots at Media Day to podiums erected on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where the title game will be played.
But first, members of the team strolled onto the gridiron with cameras and video recorders to chronicle the spectacle of hundreds of reporters and a crowd of 7,300 spectators who paid $25 to sit in the stands and listen to player interviews.
Second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was named to the All-Pro team after recording 16.5 sacks this season, typified the confidence of the New Yorkers, who beat the Patriots 17-14 four years ago in the Super Bowl.
"When all is said and done there is only one team that will walk away with the win and be world champions," said Pierre-Paul, the son of Haitian immigrants in Florida.
"It's going to be the team that's got the most heart and wants to play physical. I think we'll be that team."
(Editing by Frank Pingue)