After it was widely assumed that Giants Pro Bowl wide receiver Hakeem Nicks would return to action Sunday night against the Eagles, the Giants have listed him as doubtful due to his foot and a knee injury.
In a sign that Nicks is likely out, wide receiver Victor Cruz told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that he's "disappointed my counterpart won't be out there with me." Ramses Barden will start in Nicks' place. In his first career start in Week 3, Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards.
Nicks missed last Thursday's game against Carolina due to a foot injury that was surgically repaired in the offseason. Nicks suffered the knee injury against the Buccaneers two weeks ago. Nicks did not practice Friday after being limited on Thursday.
Three players are out for the Giants - offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring). Diehl has been replaced in the lineup at right tackle by Sean Locklear. Hosley will be replaced by former first-round pick Prince Amukamara.
Two other players are questionable for the Giants - safety Antrel Rolle (knee) and cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring). Both of those players were limited in Friday's practice. The potential loss of Rolle would be huge for the Giants as he has been used as a frequent blitzer against the Eagles in recent meetings.
Four players are probable for the Giants. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) will return to the starting lineup. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon's (concussion) role will increase as he, too, will be back in action. Both players missed the Week 3 game against Carolina. Defensive end Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) and cornerback Corey Webster (hand) are also probable.
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