September 2012


If the Philadelphia Eagles are going to unseat the Super Bowl champion New York Giants as NFC East champs, they are going to need improved play from Michael Vick.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants will be without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was ruled out for Sunday's game at the Philadelphia Eagles after developing swelling in his left knee, the team announced Saturday.
Wide receiver dealing with swelling in knee
When the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, they will be without starting right tackle David Diehl, rookie nickel corner Jayron Hosley, and linebacker Keith Rivers, who have already been ruled "out" by head coach Tom Coughlin. The Giants will also be without No. 1 receiver Hakeem Nicks, whose offseason foot surgery has made him a question mark during the early part of the season. Nicks' added a knee injury to the injury report this week and, after initially being listed as "doubtful" to play against the Eagles, was downgraded to "out" on Saturday and will not make the trip to Philadelphia. [ More: NFL referees overwhelmingly approve new contract ] Meanwhile, left tackle King Dunlap (hamstring) is out, which means Demetress Bell will make another start for the Eagles. After missing last week's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hip) is listed as "probable" and should be good to go on Sunday night. Buffalo Bills running backs Fred Jackson (knee) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder) are listed as "questionable" for Sunday afternoon's game against the New England Patriots. Of the two backs, Jackson is the more likely to actually play on Sunday. For New England, they'll be without tight end Aaron Hernandez, who missed Week 3's loss to the Baltimore Ravens with an ankle injury that is expected to keep him out for four-to-six weeks. Edelman suffered a left hand injury in the loss to the Ravens and missed all of this week's practices.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12:04 p.m. ET
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles will renew their long-standing rivalry on Sunday, September 30 at Lincoln Financial Field (8:20 p.m. ET). Although the Eagles have defeated the Giants in seven of the last eight meetings, most of the games were so close, one play made the difference. Thus, the G-Men must keep all eyes on these five difference-making Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants usually need little help to get fired up before facing each other. This time around, Eagles fans like myself can expect a bloodbath on Sept. 30 after LeSean McCoy upped the ante. McCoy's latest war of words with New York's Osi Umenyiora had him call the Giants' All-Pro defenseman a "ballerina" this week - but Umenyiora should have a chance or two to prove him wrong.

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