September 30, 2012 in Sports

Nicks to sit out of Week 4 contest against Philadelphia

Associated Press
 

The New York Giants will be without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for tonight’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. He previously missed a Sept. 19 win over Carolina with a sore foot.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks developed swelling in his left knee Thursday.

Nicks banged his knee making a catch against Tampa Bay.

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 picked up the start against Carolina and had career bests of nine catches and 138 yards.

Heyward-Bey sidelined

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and tight end Richard Gordon will miss today’s game for the Oakland Raiders in Denver with injuries.

The team announced the status for both players had been downgraded and they will miss the game against the Broncos.

Heyward-Bey did not practice all week as he recovered from a helmet-to-helmet hit that sent him to the hospital last Sunday with a concussion and strained neck. He leads Raiders wideouts with nine catches this season for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Gordon had been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury but will not play.

Forte questionable

Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte is questionable for the Chicago Bears’ game Monday night at Dallas because of a sprained right ankle.

Forte practiced on a limited basis this week after sitting out a win over St. Louis. He was injured in a loss at Green Bay on Sept. 13 and left that game.

The Bears also listed receiver Earl Bennett (hand) as questionable and ruled out fullback Evan Rodriguez (knee).

Carter headed to IR

The Denver Broncos placed second-year safety Quinton Carter on injured reserve after he hurt his surgically repaired left knee last weekend.

The Broncos promoted rookie safety Duke Ihenacho from their practice squad to take his place, and they also promoted second-year linebacker Mike Mohamed to the active roster for today’s game against Oakland.

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