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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 - 5:05 P.M..

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    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS FRACTURES FOOT, OUT ABOUT THREE MONTHS

    "In the Giants' first organized team
    activities session on Wednesday, Brian
    Witherspoon tore a knee ligament
    .


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




    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.




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




    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.




    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.




    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.




    Of course, predicting rehabs is an inexact science. Last year, then-rookie Prince
    Amukamara broke the same bone
    as Nicks on Aug. 6. He didn't practice fully
    until almost
    15 weeks later
    .




    Nicks
    has proven his toughness
    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.




    * * * *




    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.




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




    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."

    http://www.nj.com/giants/

    NY DAILY NEWS

    HAKEEM NICKS FRACTURES FOOT, SURGERY SET, COULD BE OUT 12 WEEKS

    "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.



    Wideout 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
    house.




    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.




    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.




    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.




    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.




    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.




    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."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant


    NY POST

    NY GIANTS WIDE RECEIVER HAKEEM NICKS FRACTURES BONE IN FOOT, WILL HAVE SURGERY AND BE SIDELINED 12 WEEKS

    "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.



    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.

    HUGHES GETS
    CHANCE

    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."

    GIANTS' NICKS OUT AT LEAST 12 WEEKS, FRACTURES FOOT

    "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.



    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
    Anderson.




    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.




    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.




    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.




    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.




    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."

    http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants

    THE BERGEN RECORD


    CHARLIE SHEEN: I DID NOT BUY LAWRENCE TAYLOR'S RING

    "The soap opera surrounding Lawrence
    Taylor
    's Super
    Bowl XXV
    ring continued on Friday as Charlie
    Sheen
    informed TMZ that he was not the
    winner
    of the recent auction for the NFL Hall of Famer's bling.



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




    On Wednesday night, Taylor's agent, Mark Lepselter, was informed that Sheen had won the 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
    comment."




    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.




    Taylor's son, TJ, originally put the ring up for auction without LT's knowledge. 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
    Giants running back Brandon Jacobs to run a contest to save the ring, but neither player amassed the
    number of Twitter followers required for them to win the auction and return the
    ring.




    The real buyer, who spent $230,401 on the ring, remains anonymous.

    GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN "HOPES" HAKEEM NICKS CAN RETURN BY WEEK ONE

    "The New York
    Giants
    revealed on Thursday that wide receiver Hakeem
    Nicks
    had suffered a fractured 5th metatarsal 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 Tom
    Coughlin
    expressed reserved optimism 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.”




    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.





    “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.”




    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. 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.




    In the interim, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, rookie Rueben Randle and a healthy Domenik Hixon 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.

    GIANTS WAIVE BRIAN WITHERSPOON, SIGN DANTE HUGHES

    "The New York
    Giants announced on Thursday that they have waived/injured Brian
    Witherspoon
    after the cornerback had torn his ACL for the second consecutive season. In his place,
    the team signed defensive back Dante
    Hughes
    , a six-year veteran who had worked out for them during rookie
    mini-camp earlier this month.



    “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."




    Witherspoon thanked his fans and former teammates via Twitter 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.




    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.




    In those 53 games, Hughes has made 105 tackles, while defending seven passes
    and hauling in one interception.

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    HAKEEM NICKS INJURY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE GIANTS?

    "How big of a deal is Hakeem Nicks'
    fractured foot to the New York Giants'
    prospects for the 2012 season? Well, that depends on who you ask, and how well
    Nicks recovers from the injury.



    NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal wrote Thursday night that the
    Giants can survive
    Nicks' injury. FOX Sports Nancy Gay wrote that the injury
    could be costly
    to the Giants.




    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."




    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,
    Prince
    Amukamara
    had this same injury a year ago and his recovery took more like 15
    weeks.




    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 Ahmad
    Bradshaw's
    troubles with his feet never really go away.





    The question really is not -- or should not be -- whether or not the Giants
    have the depth to overcome Nicks' injury. The Giants have Ramses
    Barden
    , Domenik Hixon,
    Jerrel
    Jernigan
    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.




    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 Mario
    Manningham
    in San Francisco two thirds of last season's three-headed
    receiving monster is gone.




    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.




    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.




    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?"

    http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



    INSIDE FOOTBALL


    HAKEEM NICKS BREAKS FOOT; OUT 12 WEEKS

    "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.


    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.




    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.




    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.




    Hughes, 5-10 and 186 pounds, was previously with the Colts for his first two
    seasons and then with the Chargers his last three.


    * * *


    The Giants also announced that they will hold
    training camp at the University of Albany this year. The team will report on
    July 26."

    http://www.insidefootball.com/



    THE RED ZONE

    http://www.theredzone.org/

    GIANTS GAB




    http://www.giantsgab.com/



    GMEN HQ



    http://gmenhq.com/



    YARDBARKER


    HAKEEM NICKS COULD ONLY BE OUT FOR 4 - 6 WEEKS

    "According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, 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 via
    Evan Silva.




    This is certainly good news for the Giants and their fans."

    http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56

    SPORTING NEWS

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories

    NYG REPORTER



    http://nygreporter.com/



    NFL.COM


    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 on
    Thursday, it brought back memories of Super Bowl XLVI.




    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 coach, who
    endured whispers that he was on the hot seat last season before Big Blue
    embarked on its postseason run.




    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
    five:





    1. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
    2. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
    3.
    Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
    4. Mike
    Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
    5.
    John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens




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




    28. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    29.
    Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts
    30.
    Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins
    31. Dennis
    Allen, Oakland Raiders
    32. Joe
    Vitt, New Orleans Saints




    Giants fans, Patriots fans, lovers, haters: Tell us what you think."



    GIANTS CAN SURVIVE HAKEEM NICKS' INJURY

    "Giants wide receiver
    Hakeem Nicks will undergo
    surgery to repair a broken bone in his
    foot
    . When asked if Nicks would be ready for the season opener, Giants coach
    Tom Coughlin told NFL Network: "It's going to be close."



    This has predictably caused a whole lot of Giants fans to worry.










    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:






    1. Randle was essentially drafted to replace Mario Manningham, but
    he's a perfect option as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz can also play
    the slot or outside. With Jerrel
    Jernigan
    , Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden also around,
    the Giants have enviable depth.




    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.




    3. Eli Manning 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
    year.




    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."

    http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG




    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl


    FOX SPORTS


    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056


    NBCSPORTS


    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3032875/ns/sports-nfl



    CBSSPORTS


    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/p...ew-york-giants



    SI.COM





    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...ts/?eref=sinav





    ESPN.COM

    TIMETABLE FOR NICKS' RETURN - VIDEO

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



    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS




    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    UNION DENIES LINK BETWEEN CAP PENALTIES, DE SMITH CONTRACT



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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 - 11:52 A.M.



    thanks Roanoke! [B]




    that sucks bout Nicks! at least hes scheduled back by the season opener!




    hope he is out for only 4-6 weeks rather than the 12!


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 - 11:52 A.M.

    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke! [B]




    that sucks bout Nicks! at least hes scheduled back by the season opener!




    hope he is out for only 4-6 weeks rather than the 121

    [/quote]

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