Giants' Hakeem Nicks day to day

Updated: October 31, 2011, 7:11 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not have an update Monday on the results of Hakeem Nicks' MRI exam, but a source indicated that the wide receiver's hamstring injury is not serious.

According to the source, the plan for Nicks "is to not miss anything." The Giants say their play-making receiver is "day to day." It remains to be seen whether he will play Sunday against New England.

"I am sure it is going to be day to day or however they want to say it," Coughlin said. "We will just have to see."

Nicks was not in the locker room to discuss his injury, which happened while running a pattern late againt Miami . After the game, he said he felt something wrong on the play and took himself out just to play it smart. He walked off the field with his hand on his right hamstring.

The team would not say which one he hurt.

However, Coughlin revealed that the Giants have lost yet another cornerback to a season-ending injury.

Backup cornerback Justin Tryon, who saw his most significant playing time this season on Sunday, suffered a broken arm and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.

Coughlin said Tryon played two-and-a-half quarters with the broken arm and underwent surgery on Monday. The Giants lost cornerback Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson and Brian Witherspoon to season-ending injuries during the preseason. Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara is nearing a return from a broken foot he suffered in training camp.

Coughlin said the team will have to wait and see how its first-round pick does in practice this week before deciding whether Amukamara will be active on Sunday against New England.

Tryon came in as an extra defensive back on passing downs and stood out on special teams during the Giants' 20-17 win over the Dolphins.

Tryon broke up one pass and had two special teams tackles, including one on Reggie Bush on the Giants' last punt of the game to drop Bush for a four-yard loss. Tryon wrapped Bush's feet up and held him until Jacquian Williams was able to also tackle Bush with 3:47 remaining.

"It's serious obviously he had to have surgery," Coughlin said. "No one really noticed it and he wasn't about to let anyone know (when he injured it). It was probably fractured and the rest of it was taken care of on the last play (the tackle on Bush)."

The Giants will have to figure out what they are going to do to cover the slot against New England. Amukamara gives them an option if he is ready. Safety Antrel Rolle also has covered slot receivers this season.

"Here we go again," Coughlin added of another injury to an emerging contributor in the secondary. "We had a guy who finally had some experience playing on the defensive side of the ball for X amount of snaps and always has been counted on special teams, so here we go."

And there are other injuries for the Giants to keep an eye on as well. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot from a surgery done two years ago. Bradshaw, who said the X-rays didn't show any structural damage, believes the head of the screw is aggravating his foot.

"He's sore," Coughlin said. "He has had this before and he's got it again."

Starting center David Baas took a "significant hit" to his right knee but does not have anything structurally wrong with his knee according to Coughlin.

"We're just waiting on (the tests) to figure it out," Baas said. "They said day by day. I've gotta get the swelling out of it, and I'll see them in the morning for treatment and keeping working at it."

Baas said he was in more pain on Monday. Defensive end Justin Tuck also said he was feeling the aches and pains of his neck and groin injuries after playing for the first time in over a month against the Dolphins.

Tuck says he did not suffer a setback "at this point," but he admitted that he did think about whether he would be able to finish the game. The defensive end said he played 38 snaps, only three more than what the team had set for him entering the game.

"I didn't necessarily think I would make it through the game honestly," Tuck said. "There are some things that I wish felt better than what they do but I made it through the football game."

"Honestly, the energy from the crowd during the fourth quarter helped a lot," added Tuck, who had one tackle and half a sack. "You kind of forget about some stuff and then when the adrenaline comes down and I am sitting talking to you guys on the podium ... you kind of regret some of the decisions you made during that game."

The Giants will need Tuck this week against Tom Brady and the Patriots in a game that starts a brutal six-game stretch that includes San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Green Bay and Dallas.

The Giants (5-2) also need Nicks, their biggest offensive weapon. The third-year pro is tied for 13th in the league with 38 catches, and that's despite drawing frequent double coverage.

"It was late in the game, but I don't remember which play it was," Nicks said after Sunday's win. "It felt like a cramp that didn't go anywhere in one spot in my hamstring, but we'll see how it feels."

If Nicks is unable to play this week, the Giants will start Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz at receivers.

"He's a big-play guy and he stretches that field for us and he's a guy that can go up and get it at any given time and change the momentum of the game," said Cruz. "We understand that he's important to our team and losing a guy like that, you're losing a big chunk of your offense.

"Our guys have to step up. We have to get our running game going. Myself and Mario and Devin Thomas and Michael Clayton are going to have to step in and fill that void."

The Giants could also activate Ramses Barden off the physically unable to perform list. They have two more weeks to decide when to activate him. Barden is making his way back from ankle surgery earlier this year.

"They want me to continue to build and they've been impressed with how I practiced last week," said Barden, who practiced on the scout team last week. "In my mind I'm playing regardless, even if (Nicks) is healthy."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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