Hakeem Nicks out vs. Browns

Updated: October 5, 2012, 10:22 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will miss his third straight game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, coach Tom Coughlin announced Thursday.

Nicks is still bothered by his surgically repaired foot, which he had operated on back in May. He also is suffering from pain in his knee.

"It's a combination," Coughlin said.

Coughlin said the plan right now is just to rest Nicks until he is able to get back on the field. Nicks' status beyond this week is undetermined.

A four-year veteran, Nicks had 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' first two games of the year. He has had more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons.

Wide receiver Ramses Barden, who had nine catches for 138 yards while filling in for Nicks against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, suffered a concussion in last Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He has yet to practice this week and can't be counted upon to play against the Browns.

Domenik Hixon, who also suffered a concussion earlier this season, is expected to start in Nicks' place against the Browns. Hixon had six catches for 114 yards against the Eagles.

The Giants (2-2) are banged up at several positions heading into Sunday's game against the Browns (0-4). Five defensive starters -- cornerback Corey Webster (hand/hamstring), safeties Antrel Rolle (knee) and Kenny Phillips (knee), linebacker Michael Boley (hip) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) -- missed practice Thursday.

Both Webster and Rolle said after practice that they plan to play against the Browns.

Right guard Chris Snee (hip) sat out practice for the second straight day, as well. But center David Baas (hand) practiced fully after sitting out Wednesday.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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