Already without Steve Smith, Giants QB Eli Manning will be down another weapon in the coming weeks.
Giants PR spokesman Pat Hanlon tweeted that WR Hakeem Nicks could miss the next three weeks with Compartment Syndrome, which is an injury to the lower part of the leg. Nicks' right leg was hit Sunday night in the Giants' loss to the Eagles.
According to WebMD, Compartment Syndrome occurs when excessive pressure builds up inside an enclosed space in the body. It results from bleeding or swelling after an injury. The dangerously high pressures in Compartment Syndrome impede the flow of blood to and from the affected tissues, the reason for the extended recovery time. OLB Jason Taylor had a similar injury in 2008 while with the Redskins.
The team will release its offical injury report later Monday.
The way we see it
This is not the type of news the Giants were hoping to receive after losing back-to-back NFC East games. WR Steve Smith hopes to be back for the team's game on Dec. 5 vs. the Redskins, which will help out Manning. Until then, New York will rely on Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to gain tough yards on the ground.
Not good news for Nicks or Manning owners, who need their star players more than ever heading into the playoffs. Look for TE Kevin Boss and WRs Mario Manningham and Derek Hagan to see more passes in their direction with Nicks out.