Hakeem Nicks unlikely to play Sunday

Hakeem Nicks, 88, of the New York Giants

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Hakeem Nicks, 88, of the New York Giants celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the St. Louis Rams. (Sept. 19, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

In the vernacular of NFL players, the word "smart" often means "sidelined." So when Hakeem Nicks said Thursday that his hamstring injury is "something you have to be smart about," it was basically code for declaring himself out against the Patriots on Sunday.

"We have a long season ahead of us," he said. "If I have to sit out one week and come back the next, I would rather do that than being...

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