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Originally published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

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Giants lose receiver one week after his big game

The New York Giants will be without Hakeem Nicks, the NFC's offensive player of the week, for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers...

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants will be without Hakeem Nicks, the NFC's offensive player of the week, for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Nicks, a wide receiver, has a foot injury, adding to the list of absentees when the Super Bowl-champion Giants play their first road game of the season. New York made the announcement Wednesday after already labeling running back Ahmad Bradshaw, offensive tackle David Diehl and another receiver, Domenik Hixon, out as well.

Nicks did not practice this week after aggravating a foot injury late in the 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game in which he had 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown.

With Nicks and Hixon out, the Giants will look to veteran Ramses Barden, second-year pro Jerrel Jernigan and rookie Rueben Randle.

Bradshaw (neck), Diehl (knee) and Hixon (concussion) were hurt in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay and did not practice this week. Andre Brown, who rushed for a career-best 71 yards Sunday, probably will start for Bradshaw, while Will Beatty and Sean Locklear will be the offensive tackles.

Morgan deals with death threats

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan felt the full downside of the social media age this week, receiving death threats and other venomous messages on Twitter because of his fourth-quarter blunder in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Morgan talked about the nastiness he's heard from fans since his unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan. The penalty cost the Redskins valuable field position during the team's final drive in Sunday's 31-28 defeat.

"I heard everything, especially when they get you on Twitter and are sending you death threats and wishing you bad things and your firstborn," Morgan said. "You see it all. You hear it all. You never let it get to you."

Morgan said he wasn't tempted to discontinue his Twitter account.

"The only thing I take seriously is football and my family, and nothing really scares me," he said.

Nevertheless, coach Mike Shanahan said team security is looking into the matter.


• As fan outrage grows over calls and noncalls, delays in doling out penalties and indecision by the replacement officials, statistics show strong similarities between the number of flags thrown this year by the temporary crews and last year by the guys who currently are locked out.

• Cornerback Darrelle Revis was limited in practice while recovering from a concussion suffered in the New York Jets' season opener. Tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) did not practice.

• Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner apologized for his drunken driving arrest. Cornerback Christopher Owens (concussion) did not practice.

• Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall practiced and is inching closer to returning from right knee surgery.

• The New England Patriots signed tight end Kellen Winslow, cut by the Seahawks before the start of the season, and re-signed former Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch.

• Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson's divorce from reality TV star Evelyn Lozada was finalized, a little more than a month after his arrest on a domestic battery charge, his lawyer said.

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