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Coughlin: Nicks, Ware could be sidelined beyond two weeks

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Danny Ware are probably going to be sidelined at least two weeks with injuries sustained in the season opener.

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Coach Tom Coughlin indicated Monday that the timeframe was a minimum and the players may be out longer.

Nicks, the team's first-round draft pick, sprained his left foot in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He spent the final minutes of the game sitting on the sidelines with crutches at his side. Nicks caught two passes for 18 yards.

Coughlin said his understanding was that doctors have ruled out a more serious sprain that could've knocked Nicks out for the season.

"Let's face it, any time you take a player out, it doesn't help," Coughlin said, noting that the rookie from North Carolina will miss the opportunity to practice and continue developing a rapport with quarterback Eli Manning.

Ware, the third back behind Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, dislocated his left elbow returning the opening kickoff. He stood on the sidelines in the second half with his arm in a sling.

With only three halfbacks on the roster, Coughlin said that the Giants might have to consider a player move.

Cornerback Kevin Dockery is feeling better after missing the game with a hamstring problem.

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Fellow cornerback Aaron Ross, last season's starter, is probably not going to practice again this week because of a hamstring that he hurt in training camp.

Ross had platelet rich plasma therapy done on the hamstring last week. In that procedure, a tube of a patient's blood is taken and put it in a centrifuge and spun, producing concentrated platelets, which contain growth factors that accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. The platelets are then injected into the injury site.

"I'm feeling a difference, but it's still not completely healed yet," said Ross, who called his injury frustrating.

Weakside linebacker Michael Boley, who was suspended for the season opener because of a domestic violence issue when he played in Atlanta, returned to the locker room Monday. He had offseason hip surgery and Coughlin was uncertain whether he would be ready to play against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday night.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press


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