Smith is out
Giants wide receiver Steve Smith is out of Sunday's game against the Cowboys. An MRI revealed that he has a partial tear of his pectoral muscle, and will be "week to week" said Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
Coughlin said Smith did not need surgery, but will need several weeks for the injury, sustained in Thursday's practice, to heal.
"They say a limited amount of time, but not necessarily right away or this week or next week," Coughlin said. "I won’t know until he starts rehabbing. He hasn’t had much swelling, some discomfort, so a lot of it in the beginning will probably be preventative to make sure that there’s no further injury and then to strengthen and go forward."
Oddly, Smith's nameplate wasn't over his locker today. His next-door neighbor K Lawrence Tynes said Smith will be missed on the field this week.
"A lot of our offense go through him and the things he done against Dallas speaks for itself," Tynes said.
With Smith out, Coughlin said that WR Ramses Barden and WR Duke Calhoun will get more playing time. WR Mario Manningham will be working more as well. Barden said he has been taking significantly more reps in practice already, and caught a 22-yard catch the last time the Giants played the Cowboys. The 6-foot-6, 227-pound Barden will be expected to play more of a slot receiver position in Smith's absence.
"If there's ever an issue, somebody gets tired, somebody gets a hangnail, I'm the next guy to go in so I need to be prepared to go in at every position," Barden said. "And this week it just happens to be the slot so I am as prepared for that as I am for any other."
C Shaun O'Hara doesn't have a time frame for his return from a foot injury, but he won't play this week, and neither will LT David Diehl, who sustained a hip/hamstring injury in last week's win over the Seahawks.
"It does feel better," said O'Hara, who added that he was trying to have patience with it.
Coughlin will likely use Shawn Andrews at LT, but wasn't prepared to name Kevin Boothe or rookie Mitch Petrus as the starter, saying it would likely be a game-time decision. Interestingly, T WIll Beatty has been practicing this week, the first practices since breaking his foot earlier in the season, and is listed as questionable for the Cowboys game.
Hakeem Nicks did not want to address the issues that he gave gifts to former teammates at UNC. He did say that he isn't angry that the story got out.
"I'm not angry at all," Nicks said. "That's college and I'm in the NFL now and I'm focusing on football."
Final injury report: Diehl, TE Madison Hedgecock (hamstring), O'Hara, WR/KR Darius Reynaud (hamstring) and Smith are out; Beatty is questionable; RB Brandon Jacobs (ill on Wed.), DE Osi Umenyiora and LB Gerris Wilkinson (hand) are probable.