Giants wide receiver Nicks sidelined with broken foot

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New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be sidelined up to three months after breaking his right foot at a team organized activity early Thursday.

Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot as he was running a route during individual drills in the Timex Performance Center field house, the team said in a release later in the afternoon.

Nicks is scheduled to have surgery today to have a screw inserted into the broken bone. The procedure will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time for Nicks is approximately 12 weeks.

The Giants, who lost Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham to free agency, have depth at receiver with Victor Cruz returning along with Domenik Hixon, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, and Ramses Barden. Second-round draft pick Rueben Randle showed a lot of talent in the recent rookie minicamp, as well.

New York is scheduled to report to training camp on July 26.

JETS: Mark Sanchez was sharp Thursday in the first session of organized team activities open to the media, while backup Tim Tebow threw two interceptions in a three-play span.

Despite all the doubts among fans and media that the two can co-exist, Sanchez has been nothing but complimentary of his new teammate.

“I know he’s going to help us all over the field,” Sanchez said. “I think that’s good for us.”

Sure, it’s only May, and the Jets have made it clear that Sanchez is the starting quarterback, but it was an encouraging performance. The play of the day was Sanchez’s 80-yard toss to speedy second-round draft pick Stephen Hill, a former Georgia tech standout.

COLLUSION DISPUTE: NFL players union chief DeMaurice Smith says the league isn’t exactly refuting his organization’s claim of collusion.

The NFL Players Association claimed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday that the 32 teams had a secret cap in place during the uncapped 2010 season, and that it cost players at least $1 billion in wages. On Thursday, outside of union headquarters, Smith repeated those charges.

Said Smith: “It doesn’t sound like you’re denying the existence of collusion, does it?”

REFEREES MEDIATION: The NFL and its referees’ union have agreed to federal mediation. George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will conduct the talks between the on-field officials and the league. Cohen also mediated between the NFL and its players’ union before last year’s lockout.

No dates or sites have been announced.


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