Giants will be without Steve Smith for at least 2 weeks
The New York Giants are bracing to be without wide receiver Steve Smith for at least two weeks after he suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle in practice on Thursday.
Smith will not play Sunday when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys at New Meadowlands Stadium, and he is expected to miss the NFC East game the next week at the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s possible he could miss even more time, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
In Smith’s absence, Mario Manningham is expected to to step up. He has 25 receptions for 385 yards and three touchdowns as the team’s third receiver. Hakeem Nicks has been Eli Manning’s top target.
Per Vacchiano, part of Nicks’ success has been due to the attention opposing secondaries have paid to Smith.
"I had Steve break stuff down for me," Manningham said, per the report. "And it's real helpful because I've never really seen anybody cover Steve. You have to read the coverages faster than you would on the outside. It's a lot. But we've got to step our game up as a receiving corps. Everybody."
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