Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Nicks Battles Swollen Knee

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Nicks Battles Swollen Knee

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EAST RUTHERFORD - The likelihood is that Hakeem Nicks will miss his second straight game.

But the real concern for the Giants is it is a new injury that threatens to sideline their No. 1 wide receiver.

Nicks was listed as doubtful due to swelling in his knee for Sunday night's crucial NFC East game at Philadelphia as the Giants (2-1) face the Eagles (2-1).

The swelling was detected after Nicks practiced Thursday for the first time since missing the Giants' 36-7 win at Carolina on Sept. 20 for precautionary reasons as he continues to recover from off- season surgery on his right foot.

"It's day to day, we'll see how he feels and wait to get word from the medical staff," Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said of Nicks, who has 14 catches for 237 yards and one touchdown in two games this season. "You just never know, I guess."

Meanwhile, safety Antrel Rolle, listed as questionable, is expected to play, just as he has for all 39 regular-season and postseason games since joining the Giants in 2010.

He returned to the practice field - though with limited participation - for the first time Friday since suffering a laceration and bruise to his left knee following a collision with a sideline camera late in the win over the Panthers.

It's believed Nicks injured his left knee when he banged both of his knees against the MetLife Stadium turf as Buccaneers safety Mark Barron stepped on his ankle during the 41-34 win Sept. 16.

It's not clear as of yet what the extent of Nicks' knee injury might be.

"You always want your counterpart in there playing, in the trenches against a division foe," Cruz said. "We just have to understand we've been here before and our guys have stepped and we're going to need that again this weekend."

That was the formula against the Panthers as Ramses Barden - who should again expect to see an expanded role - caught nine passes for 138 yards in his first career start. …

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