Giants wide receiver Steve Smith, who went to the Pro Bowl last season on the heels of topping 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards, will miss Sunday's all-important game against the Eagles and could be out for the remainder of the season, according to a report by Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Smith suffered what was initially reported as a hamstring injury on his only catch of Monday's win over the Minnesota Vikings, his first game after missing a month with a pectoral injury. However, Vacchiano cites sources that the injury is thought to be a torn meniscus.
"This does not look good for him at all," the source told Vacchiano.
While you never root for injuries, the absence of Smith is certainly a good thing for the Eagles, especially with a secondary that is battling injuries of its own. Smith missed the first meeting between the two teams in Week 11, a 27-17 win for the Eagles, but was the Giants' leading receiver in both meetings with the Eagles last season, combining for 15 catches for 142 yards in two games.
The injury to Smith is another blow to the Giants' receiving corps, as Mario Manningham had an MRI Tuesday to ascertain the extent of a hip injury. Hakeem Nicks missed two games with a leg injury, though he returned Monday and caught seven passes for 96 yards. If Smith and Manningham are both indeed out Sunday, Derek Hagan is expected to start alongside Nicks.
UPDATE: The Giants have announced on Twitter that Smith is indeed out for the remainder of the 2010 season.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:52 a.m., December 15