Giants WR Hakeem Nicks doubtful
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles due to soreness in his surgically repaired right foot and swelling in his knee.
Nicks sat out the Giants' win over Carolina last Thursday because of soreness in his foot. He said earlier this week that he and the Giants were being cautious with his foot and that he had not suffered a setback.
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If Hakeem Nicks has to miss a second straight game, either Domenik Hixon and/or Ramses Barden would have to pick up the slack, writes Dan Graziano. Blog
Friday is the first time either the team or Nicks has mentioned that he's dealing with swelling in his knee.
The team did not specify which knee was bothering Nicks, though it is believed to be the left knee. The injury originated when he went down hard on an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter of the Giants' Week 2 win over Tampa. His ankle was stepped on in the process.
Nicks hadn't been able to run to test the knee over the past two weeks. But he tested it on Thursday and the Giants determined it was an issue.
The team is also listing safety Antrel Rolle as questionable.
Rolle was limited in practice due to a knee bruise he suffered against the Panthers last Thursday, when he collided with a television camera. He had an MRI on Wednesday, which revealed nothing more than a bruise. But he sat out Thursday's practice because of soreness in his knee.
Rolle hasn't missed a game in his three seasons with the Giants. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell expressed confidence that Rolle would play Sunday.
Coach Tom Coughlin said Rolle "moved around OK" during practice on Friday. "He's making progress," the coach added.
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Also on the injury front, running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) is questionable; rookie corner Jayron Hosley (hamstring) is out; tackle David Diehl (knee) is out; linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) is out; corner Michael Coe is questionable; corner Corey Webster is probable; receiver Domenik Hixon is probable and defensive end Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) is probable.
If Nicks can't play on Sunday, it will be the second straight week in which he was ruled out shortly before kickoff after the Giants had expected him to suit up.
Either Hixon or Ramses Barden will replace Nicks in the starting lineup. Barden had nine catches for 138 yards last Thursday against Carolina.
In the secondary, Prince Amukamara will start opposite Webster at corner. Webster will wear a cast on his right hand but is confident that he can perform adequately with the cast.
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