Concern Regarding Hakeem Nicks' Status, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 2, 2012

Sep 16, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) poses for cameras after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Hakeem Nicks missed his second straight game Sunday in Philadelphia and now head coach Tom Coughlin isn't making any promising regarding when he might return. 

In a story from Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger, Coughlin expresses concern about Nicks and his swollen knee, which became an issue two weeks ago, just as he was finishing his recovery from a broken foot.

"I won't know until I see what happens, where he's at as we go forward here and analyze him and the doctors get their hands on him again and he communicates with them," Coughlin said.

When asked if Nicks' knee has improved, Coughlin said, "Not that I know of."

Nicks is the most talented receiver on this team, but he's had issues with injuries throughout his four-year career. And while it's encouraging that Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon have each stepped up in Nicks' stead, neither of those players is Hakeem Nicks. Plus, the Giants could use those guys for depth. 

The waiting game continues. 

Here's what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...

Dallas Cowboys

From Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News: Dez Bryant says there's no excuse for dropping three passes Monday night against Chicago. I'm assuming he's also sorry for blowing two routes.

From the glass-somehow-still-half-full department via Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: At least the Cowboys improved on their penalty issues against the Bears.

New York Giants

Kenny Phillips is "week-to-week" after suffering an MCL sprain Sunday night, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Tom Coughlin expressed some regret in regard to that final sequence vs. Philadelphia, but he also says he's not prepared to change the team's offensive philosophy.

Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Reuben Frank: Bobby April vows the Eagles will improve on special teams after letting David Wilson run wild Sunday night.

Injury update from Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy are OK, and King Dunlap is set to make his return to practice.

Washington Redskins

According to Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, despite a poor performance from Bill Cundiff in Week 4, Mike Shanahan isn't ready to audition free-agent kickers.

And we go back to Campbell for news that Brandon Meriweather will be out at least a week while Aldrick Robinson is out indefinitely after the two collided prior to Sunday's game.