Giants WR Nicks doubtful for Eagles game

Associated Press Modified: September 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm •  Published: September 28, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants may be without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nicks, who missed a win over Carolina Sept. 19 with a sore foot, now has a knee problem.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks developed swelling in his left knee after working out on Thursday. It was his first and only expected practice for the game. He was listed as doubtful for the contest between the NFC East rivals, meaning he has a 25 percent chance of playing.

Nicks banged his knee making a catch in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay.

Offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) and cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) were listed as out for the game against Philadelphia (2-1), which is in a three-way tie for first place with the Giants and Dallas.

Safety Antrel Rolle, who missed practice on Thursday because of soreness in his knee, worked out on a limited basis on Friday and is questionable for the game. Rolle hurt his knee against the Panthers, banging it against a hand-held television camera in the fourth quarter.

Cornerback Michael Coe, who missed the Carolina game with a hamstring injury, also is questionable but expects to play as the team's third cornerback.

If Nicks can't go, the Giants could start either Domenik Hixon or Ramses Barden. Hixon missed the Carolina game with a concussion, but is probable this week. Barden picked up the start against Carolina and had career-bests of nine catches and 138 yards.

"Whatever the circumstances are we will figure it out," quarterback Eli Manning said after practice.

The Giants are getting used to backups these days, and no matter who gets the call, it hasn't slowed the team. Barden did it last week and running back Andre Brown was outstanding the past two weeks filling in after Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a neck injury against the Buccaneers.

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