Calf injury will force Giants' Canty to sit

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Chris Canty will not get the chance to play against his old team Sunday night.

Although the Giants do not have to make any official classification on him until this afternoon's injury report is released, a league source said the defensive tackle will not be able to play against the Cowboys. Canty suffered a strained calf in practice Wednesday and did not practice Thursday.

Canty was spotted in the Giants' training complex walking gingerly with his right calf heavily wrapped. He missed most of training camp with a torn right hamstring but played in the opener against the Redskins.

Tom Coughlin said Canty is "day to day" with his injury. In four years with the Cowboys, Canty did not miss a game.

The source said the injury is "not a big deal" but that Canty could miss two or three weeks. "It's just a strain," the source said. "There's no tear, no operation. It will heal itself with rest."

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Nicks moving along

Hakeem Nicks (sprained foot) said he is on track to return in two to three weeks. "It feels good right now," he said. "The way it's feeling right now, we'll just continue to take it one day at a time and I feel like we'll make the right decision on whether or not I'll come back and play."

Giant steps

S Kenny Phillips (knee) returned to practice and had two interceptions, but Coughlin said his knee injury is one that likely will linger . . . Michael Johnson, the other starting safety, missed a second straight practice with a shoulder burner, but Coughlin said the team is "feeling good" about his chances of playing Sunday . . . Antonio Pierce on the difference in Tony Romo without Terrell Owens: "I know his ears don't hurt as much."

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