- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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PHILADELPHIA -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will miss his second straight game due to injury. Nicks has been bothered by a foot injury since the spring, but he showed up on the Giants' injury report as doubtful with a fresh knee injury Friday, and he was announced as one of the inactive players for Sunday night's key divisional showdown here against the Philadelphia Eagles.
With Nicks out, Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have to rely heavily on wide receiver Victor Cruz, who was held in check last week by Carolina, and tight end Martellus Bennett, the surprise early-season star who's caught a touchdown pass in each of the Giants' first three games. Backup wide receiver Ramses Barden had a big game last week in place of Nicks and fellow wide receiver Domenik Hixon. But even with Hixon recovered from his concussion and playing this week, the Giants will face tougher coverage from the Eagles than they saw from the Panthers.
Safety Antrel Rolle, who injured his knee running into a cameraman on the sideline late in last week's game in Carolina, is active and will start the game. That's good news for a banged-up Giants secondary whose top cornerback, Corey Webster, is playing with a broken hand and whose impressive rookie nickel corner, Jayron Hosley, is among the inactives. Also inactive for the Giants are tackle David Diehl, linebacker Keith Rivers, guard Mitch Petrus, defensive end Adewale Ojomo and tight end Adrien Robinson.
The Eagles get one of their starting wide receivers back for this game. Jeremy Maclin, who missed last week's game with a hip injury, is back and starting this game. The biggest injury is starting linebacker Akeem Jordan, who will be replaced in the lineup by Jamar Chaney.
Also inactive for the Eagles are tackle King Dunlap, running back Dion Lewis, safety Colt Anderson, offensive lineman Nate Menkin and defensive end Vinny Curry. Demetress Bell starts at left tackle in place of Dunlap and gets the very difficult assignment of keeping Michael Vick safe from Jason Pierre-Paul. I'll be here all night to keep you posted on how that goes.