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GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS FRACTURES FOOT, OUT ABOUT THREE MONTHS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_hakeem_nicks_fractures.html)

"In the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)' first organized team
activities session on Wednesday, <a href="http://www.nj.com/sports/mustsee/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_fear_another_acl_tear_f.html">Brian
Witherspoon tore a knee ligament</a>.

Today, in the second OTA, a much more integral player suffered a significant

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot
while running a route and is expected to miss about 12 weeks, the team
announced. Nicks will undergo surgery on Friday to have a screw inserted in the
bone. Noted foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson will perform the procedure
in Charlotte, N.C.</p>

The anticipated time frame for Nicks' recovery means he'll be out of action
until mid-August, or about half of the preseason.</p>

Nicks, who had a career-high 1,192 receiving yards last season and drew
plenty of attention away from Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham, has had issues
with his left foot and ankle, including a broken toe that required surgery two
years ago. He now will have to rehab an issue on the other foot.</p>

Today's OTA was closed to the media, so it's unclear exactly how Nicks
suffered the injury and there were no quotes from him or anyone else in the
team's press release.</p>

While not ideal, this injury isn't devastating for the Giants. Nicks has been
a reliable route runner for the past few seasons and has developed a solid
rapport with Eli Manning, so the extra reps aren't as necessary as they would've
been earlier in his career. Sure, the Giants would have loved to have him on the
field throughout the rest of the spring program, but if all goes well, Nicks
should be fully recovered in time for the season opener on Sept. 5.</p>

Of course, predicting rehabs is an inexact science. Last year, then-rookie <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_cb_prince_amukamara_suf.html">Prince
Amukamara broke the same bone</a> as Nicks on Aug. 6. He didn't practice fully
until <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants_rookie_prince_amukamara_2.html">almost
15 weeks later</a>.</p>

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/10/giants_hakeem_nicks_knows_the.html">Nicks
has proven his toughness</a> during his first three NFL seasons and has been a
quick healer. While the Giants hope that will again be the case here, they'll
lean on Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, rookie second-round pick
Rueben Randle and others to pick up the slack in practice.</p>

* * * *</p>

The Giants confirmed what they initially feared: Witherspoon did tear his ACL
for the second time in as many years. The cornerback/returner was waived with an
injury designation. His season is over before it even began.</p>

To fill Witherspoon's roster spot, the team signed veteran CB Dante Hughes,
who attended their rookie camp on a tryout basis.</p>

Hughes, 26, was a third-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. He
spent the past three seasons with the San Diego Chargers and played in all 16
games last year."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>

HAKEEM NICKS FRACTURES FOOT, SURGERY SET, COULD BE OUT 12 WEEKS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-wide-receiver-hakeem-nicks-fractures-bone-foot-surgery-sidelined-12-weeks-article-1.1084141)

"On the first day of organized team activities, the Giants lost a reserve
cornerback. On the second day, they watched an even more important player get
injured.<div><div class="story-body p402_premium">

Wideout Hakeem Nicks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hakeem+Nicks), who
teamed with Victor Cruz to form give the Giants the league's lone pair of
1,000-yard wide receivers last season, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his
right foot during Thursday morning's workout. He suffered the injury early in
the day, while running a route during individual drills in the team's field

Nicks will have surgery on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., where foot and ankle
specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will insert a screw into the broken bone. His
recovery time is 12 weeks.</p>

Nicks' injury comes just one day after the Giants lost corner Brian
Witherspoon to a torn ACL. Witherspoon, who was battling to return from a torn
ACL sustained in the 2011 preseason, suffered the injury while doing a routine
defensive backs drill and was carted off the field.</p>

The Giants waived/injured Witherspoon. He was replaced on the roster by
defensive back Dante Hughes, a six-year vet who took part in the team's rookie
minicamp two weeks ago.</p>

But while Witherspoon was again lost for the season, Nicks could conceivably
return in time for the defending Super Bowl champs' season opener against the
Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5. According to the Giants, Nicks' recovery time is
expected to be 12 weeks, which would put him on track to return to action
sometime in mid-August.</p>

This is just the latest injury for the 24-year-old Nicks, who has never
played a full season in the NFL. In 2010, he missed three games to be treated
for compartment syndrome in his right leg. Last season, he battled through a
hamstring injury.</p>

But Nicks' injury may have an uptick. Once again, it seems highly probable
that he will be back to full strength come the season opener. And while he is
out, the Giants will be able to take a closer look at second-round draft pick
Reuben Randle, second-year man Jerrel Jernigan (who looked good in Day One of
OTAs), and veteran Domenik Hixon."</p></div>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant</div>[/url]<div>
<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>

"Hakeem Nicks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hakeem+Nicks) has told
the Giants that he is a fast healer. And now, coach Tom Coughlin is desperately
hoping that his star receiver is right.
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That’s because of what happened
on Thursday morning, in the early moments of the Giants’ second voluntary
workout this offseason. While running a route during individual drills, Nicks
broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

“All of a sudden, he
started limping,” Coughlin said in an interview on NFL Network. “I thought he
rolled his ankle over; well, it wasn’t his ankle.”

Nicks will have
surgery on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., where foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert
Anderson will insert a screw into the injured bone. The injury came just one day
after cornerback Brian Witherspoon re-tore his ACL during defensive back drills
in the Giants’ first workout of this offseason.

Nicks, 24, is expected to
be sidelined for three months, and Coughlin said he’s hopeful that the wideout
will be back in time for the Giants’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on
Sept. 5.

“It’s probably going to be close,” Coughlin said. “He feels very
confident about it. The doctors have expressed it as being something that they
think will heal very, very well.”

Yet nothing is assured. Cornerback
Prince Amukamara broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot last August and did
not return until Nov. 20. The injury continued to hamper him throughout 2011.
Amukamara needed another minor procedure on the foot this offseason, and he was
still not at full strength during Wednesday’s workout.

Nicks enjoyed a
breakout 2011 season, racking up 1,192 yards and seven TDs while teaming with
Victor Cruz to give the Giants the league’s only tandem of 1,000-yard wide
receivers last season.

But if Nicks is not ready to start the season, it
will leave a gaping void alongside Cruz, especially since Super Bowl hero Mario
Manningham signed with the 49ers in the offseason.

The Giants added sixth-year defensive back Dante Hughes to
the roster to replace Witherspoon, who was waived/injured. . . . The Giants
officially announced that their 2012 training camp will begin July 26 at the
University of Albany. . . . Big Blue has seven OTA workouts remaining before a
mandatory minicamp from June 12-14."
</p></div></div>GIANTS' NICKS OUT AT LEAST 12 WEEKS, FRACTURES FOOT (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_nicks_out_up_to_three_months_iEbOHOXGhEYOb0 buFvVD6N)

"The Super Bowl champion Giants on Thursday lost a huge member of their
championship run when receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured a bone in his right foot
in a morning OTA session and, following surgery, is expected to be out at least
three months.<div>

Nicks was hurt early in practice inside the team’s field house while running
a route in individual drills. He broke the fifth metatarsal and will have
surgery in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday to have a screw inserted into the broken
bone. The procedure will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert

The Giants are saying the recovery time for Nicks is approximately 12 weeks.
Their regular season begins Sept. 5, meaning if all goes well Nicks will be able
to play in the opener against the Cowboys. He will miss the remaining seven
OTAs, the veteran mini-camp and, the way it appears, all of training camp at the
University at Albany. Camp opens July 26. </p>

Nicks last season caught 76 passes for a career-high 1,192 yards and seven
touchdowns and constantly attracted special attention from opposing defenses.
He’s shown impressive toughness with the Giants while dealing with several leg
and foot issues, including a broken toe on his left foot, and also ankle and
hamstring issues.</p>

If the Giants get Nicks back in mid-August they will consider themselves
fortunate. Last year, first-round pick Prince Amukamara suffered the same injury
– a broken fifth metatarsal – and was out of action for 15 weeks.</p>

The OTAs have already not been kind to the Giants, who lost cornerback Brian
Witherspoon on Wednesday in the first OTA practice. Witherspoon, for the second
time in 10 months, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Witherspoon on Thursday was waived/injured and replaced on the roster by
defensive back Dante Hughes, a six-year veteran who tried out for the team at
the rookie minicamp two weeks ago.</p>

Hughes has played for the Colts and for the Chargers the past three seasons,
appearing in 53 regular-season games with two starts. Last season, Hughes played
in all 16 games for the Chargers with one start. He finished the season with a
career-high 42 tackles (32 solo). Hughes was originally a 2007 third-round draft
pick of the Colts out of California."</p></div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants

</div></div></div></div></div></div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>



<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">[url]http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

CHARLIE SHEEN: I DID NOT BUY LAWRENCE TAYLOR'S RING (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/25/charlie-sheen-i-did-not-buy-lawrence-taylors-super-bowl-xxv-ring/)

"The soap opera surrounding <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Lawrence Taylor" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/lawrence-taylor/" rel="tag nofollow">Lawrence
Taylor</a>'s <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Super Bowl XXV" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/super-bowl-xxv/" rel="tag nofollow">Super
Bowl XXV</a> ring continued on Friday as <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Charlie Sheen" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/charlie-sheen/" rel="tag nofollow">Charlie
Sheen</a> <a href="//api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=9b4efad421c8b103b2c94b796db973 b0&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F2012%2F05% 2F25%2Fcharlie-sheen-i-did-not-buy-lawrence-taylors-super-bowl-xxv-ring%2F&amp;subId=3e646801796e45114472dfafa5862724&amp;v=1 &amp;libid=1337959431650&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tmz.com% 2F2012%2F05%2F25%2Fcharlie-sheen-lawrence-taylor-super-bowl-ring-did-not%2F%23.T7-bUFrg21Q.twitter&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.co m%2F&amp;title=Charlie%20Sheen%3A%20I%20Did%20not%20Bu y%20Lawrence%20Taylor%E2%80%99s%20Super%20Bowl%20X XV%20Ring%20%7C%20Giants%20101%20%7C%20Sports%20Me dia%20101&amp;txt=informed%20TMZ%20that%20he%20was%20n ot%20the%20winner&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13379594999841" target="_blank">informed TMZ that he was not the
winner</a> of the recent auction for the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Hall of Famer's bling.<blockquote>

“As much as I would be honored to own such an important artifact, I had
nothing to do with the acquisition," Sheen said.</p></blockquote>

On Wednesday night, Taylor's agent, Mark Lepselter, was informed that Sheen had won the ring (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/24/charlie-sheen-wins-auction-for-lawrence-taylors-super-bowl-xxv-ring/) and media reports
immediately ran ramped. At the time, it could not be confirmed one way or
another, and Sheen refused to shed any light on the situation, saying only "no

Sheen is a big-time sports memorabilia collector, so the rumor was not
far-fetched. The former Two and a Half men star already owns Babe Ruth's 1927
World Series ring.</p>

Taylor's son, TJ, originally put the ring up for auction without LT's knowledge (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/18/former-giants-lb-lawrence-taylor-had-no-clue-his-super-bowl-xxv-ring-was-up-for-auction/). However, Taylor acknowledged that it
was previously given to him as a gift and he was free to do with it as he
pleased. The sale prompted Osi Umenyiora and former New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs to run a contest to save the ring (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/19/osi-umenyiora-brandon-jacobs-pledge-to-win-return-lts-super-bowl-ring-at-1m-twitter-followers/), but neither player amassed the
number of Twitter followers required for them to win the auction and return the

The real buyer, who spent $230,401 on the ring (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/20/lawrence-taylors-super-bowl-xxv-ring-sells-for-230401/), remains anonymous.</p>GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN "HOPES" HAKEEM NICKS CAN RETURN BY WEEK ONE (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/25/new-york-giants-tom-coughlin-hopes-hakeem-nicks-can-return-by-week-one/)

"The <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> revealed on Thursday that wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a> had suffered a fractured 5th metatarsal (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/24/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-fractures-5th-metatarsal-out-12-weeks/) in his right foot and was expected to
be out for approximately 12 weeks. That timetable would have Nicks returning
sometime in mid-August, giving him three weeks to prepare for the regular
season. Head coach <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/" rel="tag nofollow">Tom
Coughlin</a> expressed reserved optimism (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_tom_coughlin_hopeful_ha.html) about said timetable, saying he's
"hopeful" Nicks can be ready by week one.

“Well, it’s probably going to be close,” said Coughlin. “Hopefully, he will.
He feels very confident about it. The doctors have expressed it as something
they feel will heal very, very well. Obviously, we’ve got to get about the
business of healing right away.”</p></blockquote>

Nicks will undergo surgery today to have a screw inserted in his foot, and
the operation will be performed by noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert
Anderson in Charlotte, NC.</p>

“Let’s take the positive side of it,” Coughlin said. “The positive side of it
is the doctors are very confident this will be a complete healing and perhaps
the bone will be stronger than it ever was.”</p></blockquote>

Last year, Nicks' teammate, Prince Amukamara, fractured his 5th metatarsal on
August 6th. He didn't return to full practice for 15 weeks and was still
undergoing treatment as recently as late March (http://www.giants101.com/2012/03/19/new-york-giants-prince-amukamara-has-non-surgical-procedure-on-foot/). That's not to say Nicks -who is a
noted quick healer- will follow a similar pattern, just that there is a
possibility he sits out the first few weeks.</p>

In the interim, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, rookie Rueben Randle and a healthy Domenik Hixon (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/24/new-york-giants-domenik-hixon-says-knee-feels-good/) will all have the opportunity to step up
and make an impression. And should Nicks return by week one, at the very least
all of the reserves will have had more time to work with quarterback Eli Manning
to improve their continuity for when they are eventually called upon.</p>GIANTS WAIVE BRIAN WITHERSPOON, SIGN DANTE HUGHES (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/25/new-york-giants-waive-brian-witherspoon-sign-dante-hughes/)

"The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants announced on Thursday (http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/WR-Nicks-suffers-fractured-fifth-metatarsal-in-right-foot/d6fdc00a-caca-45d8-9073-28a741834624) that they have waived/injured <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brian Witherspoon" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brian-witherspoon/" rel="tag nofollow">Brian
Witherspoon</a> after the cornerback had torn his ACL (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/23/new-york-giants-fear-torn-acl-for-cornerback-brian-witherspoon/) for the second consecutive season. In his place,
the team signed defensive back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Dante Hughes" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/dante-hughes/" rel="tag nofollow">Dante
Hughes</a>, a six-year veteran who had worked out for them during rookie
mini-camp earlier this month.<blockquote>

“It was tough to see him go down," Terrell Thomas said of Witherspoon's
injury. “He’s one of my teammates. We kind of had the same injury — it kind of
hit home with me."</p></blockquote>

Witherspoon thanked his fans and former teammates via Twitter (https://twitter.com/#%21/Spoony29) for their
support, but offered no further insight into what he expected from rehab. The
journeyman CB has played for three teams in his three-year career, including the
Giants, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.</p>

Hughes, a former third-round draft pick (95th overall in 2007), spend the
first two years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts and the last three
with the San Diego Chargers. He's played in 53 regular season games, including
two starts. He also started a postseason game for the Colts in 2008.</p>

In those 53 games, Hughes has made 105 tackles, while defending seven passes
and hauling in one interception.</p>http://www.giants101.com/

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

HAKEEM NICKS INJURY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE GIANTS? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/25/3042027/hakeem-nicks-injury-what-does-it-mean-for-the-new-york-giants?tw_p=twt)

"How big of a deal is Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)'
fractured foot to the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)'
prospects for the 2012 season? Well, that depends on who you ask, and how well
Nicks recovers from the injury.<div class="entry-body">

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal wrote Thursday night that the<a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d829529d8/article/giants-can-survive-hakeem-nicks-injury">
Giants can survive</a> Nicks' injury. FOX Sports Nancy Gay wrote that the <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Hakeem-Nicks-injury-New-York-Giants-breaks-foot-could-be-costly-052412">injury
could be costly</a> to the Giants. </p>

So, what is the truth? The truth is there is no way to know right now. Coach
Tom Coughlin said Thursday that Nicks' return for the beginning of the regular
season is "probably going to be close."</p>

The Giants estimated Nicks' recovery time at 12 weeks, which would have him
available to begin practicing again in mid-August. As Gay pointed out, though,
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130895/prince-amukamara">Prince
Amukamara</a> had this same injury a year ago and his recovery took more like 15

Something else to remember. Amukamara was playing by Week 11, but we now know
that the foot remained an issue throughout the season. Why else would he have
shown up at an offseason memorabilia show wearing a boot to promote further
healing in the broken bone? Speaking of feet, we know that <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw's</a> troubles with his feet never really go away.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

The question really is not -- or should not be -- whether or not the Giants
have the depth to overcome Nicks' injury. The Giants have <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71289/ramses-barden">Ramses
Barden</a>, Domenik Hixon (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2934/domenik-hixon),
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131123/jerrel-jernigan">Jerrel
Jernigan</a> and second-round pick Rueben Randle and several promising undrafted
free agents. They have plenty of players to get through the preseason, and the
additional reps will help guys like Randle and Jernigan.</p>

Even if Nicks is not ready at the beginning of the season the Giants should
be OK in the short term, even though that means with <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34493/mario-manningham">Mario
Manningham</a> in San Francisco two thirds of last season's three-headed
receiving monster is gone.</p>

The question really isn't even when will Nicks be playing again? The question
is when will Nicks be Nicks again? The Nicks-Victor Cruz tandem was so
successful a season ago because when teams doubled one receiver the other would
make them pay by having huge games.</p>

Inevitably now, teams will double Cruz and see if Nicks has the ability to
cut, the ability to separate, to push off that injured foot and make them pay
for trying to take the salsa dance out of the Giants' offense.</p>

How soon Nicks will be able to make defenses pay for that transgression is
the real question. And, if he isn't ready to do it from Week 1 is there anyone
else who can?"</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

<u><font size="4">INSIDE FOOTBALL</font></u>

HAKEEM NICKS BREAKS FOOT; OUT 12 WEEKS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4497)

"The injuries continue to come for the Giants who after losing reserve
cornerback Brian Witherspoon during yesterday’s OTA practice to
a torn ACL, will now be without their number one receiver, Hakeem
Nicks, for the next three months.<span id="more-4497"></span>

Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during this morning’s
OTA while running a route during individual drills in the Timex Performance
Center field house.</p>

Nicks will undergo surgery tomorrow to have a screw inserted into the broken
bone. The procedure will be performed by noted foot and ankle specialist Dr.
Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time for Nicks is 12
weeks, which would put Nicks’ return to the field at approximately August 20,
depending on his recovery process.</p>

Witherspoon, meanwhile, was waived/injured after suffering his second
straight ACL injury to the same knee. Hs roster spot will be filled by defensive
back Dante Hughes, a six-year veteran who tried out for the
team at the rookie minicamp two weeks ago.</p>

Hughes, 5-10 and 186 pounds, was previously with the Colts for his first two
seasons and then with the Chargers his last three.</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">* * *</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">The Giants also announced that they will hold
training camp at the University of Albany this year. The team will report on
July 26."</p>http://www.insidefootball.com/

<font size="4"><u>THE RED ZONE
<font size="3">http://www.theredzone.org/</font> (http://www.theredzone.org/)

</font><font size="4"><u>GIANTS GAB</u></font>

<font size="3">http://www.giantsgab.com/</font> (http://www.giantsgab.com/)

<u><font size="4">GMEN HQ</font></u>


<font size="4"><u>YARDBARKER</u></font>

HAKEEM NICKS COULD ONLY BE OUT FOR 4 - 6 WEEKS (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/hakeem_nicks_could_only_be_out_for_4_6_weeks/10872269)

"According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, (https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/206015792670707712) person familiar with wide receiver
Hakeem Nicks’ fractured foot believes that his recovery time will be more like
four to six weeks, rather than the 12 weeks that the New York Giants stated.

“Certainly the signs are encouraging that he’ll be out there vs Cowboys for
the season opener,” said Schefter <a href="https://twitter.com/evansilva/status/206028414451326977" target="_blank">via
Evan Silva.</a></p>

This is certainly good news for the Giants and their fans."
</p><font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56</font> (http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56)


</u><font size="3">http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories</font> (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories)<u>

<a href="http:///">http://nygreporter.com/

<font size="4"><u>NFL.COM</u></font>

TOM COUGHLIN NO.1 IN COACHES POWER RANKINGS (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82958709/article/tom-coughlin-no-1-in-coaches-power-rankings)

"It's not the first football list we've seen
this offseason and it won't be the last, but when Sporting News ranked NFL head coaches from top to bottom (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-05-24/nfl-coach-ranking-tom-coughlin-bill-belichick-mike-mccarthy-mike-tomlin) on
Thursday, it brought back memories of Super Bowl XLVI.

<div id="yui_3_4_1_1_1337974685265_758" class="articleText">

Tom Coughlin has beaten Bill Belichick once again. It's another mountaintop
moment (OK, maybe hilltop moment in this case) for the New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) coach, who
endured whispers that he was on the hot seat last season before Big Blue
embarked on its postseason run.</p>

Around the League is planning to release our coaching rankings down the road
(contain your excitement). For now, here's how Sporting News drew up its top

1. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
2. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots (/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE)
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers (/teams/greenbaypackers/profile?team=GB)
4. Mike
Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers (/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT)
John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens (/teams/baltimoreravens/profile?team=BAL)</p>

While we’re at it, the bottom five (tough to be the new kid around these

28. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (/teams/tampabaybuccaneers/profile?team=TB)
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts (/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND)
Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins (/teams/miamidolphins/profile?team=MIA)
31. Dennis
Allen, Oakland Raiders (/teams/oaklandraiders/profile?team=OAK)
32. Joe
Vitt, New Orleans Saints (/teams/neworleanssaints/profile?team=NO)</p>

Giants fans, Patriots fans, lovers, haters: Tell us what you think."</p></div>

GIANTS CAN SURVIVE HAKEEM NICKS' INJURY (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d829529d8/article/giants-can-survive-hakeem-nicks-injury)

"<span class="label"></span><span class="label"></span><span class="updated"><abbr id="article-updatedtime" class="value" title="2012-05-24T20:50:02-0400"></abbr></span>Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) wide receiver
Hakeem Nicks (/players/hakeemnicks/profile?id=NIC726593) will undergo
surgery to <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1337965307015_994" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d82951be8">repair a broken bone in his
foot</a>. When asked if Nicks would be ready for the season opener, Giants coach
Tom Coughlin told NFL Network: "It's going to be close."<div class="article-location"><div id="yui_3_4_1_1_1337965307015_758" class="articleText">

This has predictably caused a whole lot of Giants fans to worry.</p>

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<div class="entry-content">
<p class="entry-title">My twitter all of a sudden blowing up. Plz #dontpanic (https://twitter.com/search/%23dontpanic)</p></div>
<div class="footer"><span class="updated " title="24 May 2012, 8:26:55 PM (UTC)"><span class="value-title" title="2012-05-24T20:26:55+0000"></span>24 May 12 </span> (https://twitter.com/RuebenRandle/statuses/205756787373256704)

Randle, of course, is the man who will, more than anyone, be asked to step up
to replace Nicks. And we're here to tell you that the Giants are in a good
position to handle Nicks' injury. Here are a few reasons:</p>

</p><div id="yui_3_4_1_1_1337965307015_758" class="articleText">

1. Randle was essentially drafted to replace Mario Manningham (/players/mariomanningham/profile?id=MAN547041), but
he's a perfect option as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz (/players/victorcruz/profile?id=CRU827288) can also play
the slot or outside. With <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1337965307015_1004" class="player-flyout" href="/players/jerreljernigan/profile?id=JER463741">Jerrel
Jernigan</a>, Domenik Hixon (/players/domenikhixon/profile?id=HIX462619) and Ramses Barden (/players/ramsesbarden/profile?id=BAR116168) also around,
the Giants have enviable depth.</p>

2. It's May 24. This couldn't have been timed much better. Even if Nicks
doesn't make it back for Week 1, he'll be around when it matters.</p>

3. Eli Manning (/players/elimanning/profile?id=MAN473170) knows how to
deal with injuries and offseason departures. He can handle playing without all
his weapons. Nicks has missed six games in three years. And we don't need to
remind you how well the Giants survived massive injuries on defense last

4. New York drafted David Wilson in the first round so they would have two
dynamic running backs. The Giants can focus on the running game early if they
need to."

<font size="3"><font size="4"><u>YAHOOSPORTS</u></font></font>

<font size="3">http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl</font> (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl)

<font size="4"><u>FOX SPORTS</u></font>

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056">http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056

<u><font size="4">NBCSPORTS</font></u>


<font size="4"><u>CBSSPORTS</u></font>


<u><font size="4">SI.COM</font></u>


<u><font size="4">ESPN.COM</font></u>

TIMETABLE FOR NICKS' RETURN (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7970987) - VIDEO

http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/nam (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)e/nyg/new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)

<u><font size="4">FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS</font></u>


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<font size="4"><font size="3">http://www.profootballfocus.com/</font> (http://www.profootballfocus.com/)

</u><font size="3">
</font></font>UNION DENIES LINK BETWEEN CAP PENALTIES, DE SMITH CONTRACT (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/25/union-denies-link-between-cap-penalties-de-smith-contract/related/)

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TIM TEBOW OFF THE MARK (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/153941705_INTebow_off_the_mark.html)


05-25-2012, 12:50 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</P>

that sucks bout Nicks! at least hes scheduled back by the season opener!</P>

hope he is out for only 4-6 weeks rather than the 12!</P>

05-25-2012, 12:51 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</p>

that sucks bout Nicks! at least hes scheduled back by the season opener!</p>

hope he is out for only 4-6 weeks rather than the 121</p>

Let's split the difference and say 8 weeks, that would be GREAT