- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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Giants wide receiver Steve Smith said he does not expect to be ready for next Sunday’s NFC East divisional contest against Philadelphia. Smith missed Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys with a partial tear of his pectoral muscle, an injury he suffered Thursday.
He also said that it might be a long shot for him to play against Jacksonville on Nov. 28, before adding that he’s not completely sure of how long he will be out.
“We’re going week to week with it,” Smith said. “I don’t have range or strength yet.”
During practice Thursday, Smith attempted to catch a ball and partially tore his pectoral muscle. While the injury won’t require surgery, it will take an unspecified amount of time to heal. Smith said he’s been doing little rehab, as he is trying to let the scar tissue build up as part of the healing process.
Mario Manningham started in place of Smith and led New York with 91 yards and a touchdown against Dallas, while second-year receiver Ramses Barden saw increased action and caught three passes before spraining his right ankle.
“I think Mario did good and Ramses did good too,” Smith added. “But hopefully (Barden) isn’t too banged up.”