Pressure On Hixon And Barden To Fill Void

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants will be without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The team announced Saturday that Nicks will miss the contest because of a knee problem and will not make the trip to Philadelphia.  His knee swelled to the point that he couldn’t travel to Lincoln Financial Field.

Nicks previously missed a Sept. 19 win over Carolina with a sore foot.  Coach Tom Coughlin has said Nicks developed swelling in his left knee after working out Thursday. It was his only expected practice for the game.

Nicks banged his knee making a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants will likely start either Domenik Hixon or Ramses Barden. Hixon missed the Carolina game with a concussion, but is probable this week. Barden is coming off a tremendous performance against the Panthers.  He picked up the start against Carolina and had career bests of nine catches and 138 yards.

It will be up to Hixon and Barden to fill the void left by Nicks’ absence.

Can the Giants win in Philly without Nicks?  Sound off below…

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