Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/24/12

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during Wednesday morning's organized team activity.

Nicks was in individual receiver drills when he went down.

"All of a sudden, he started limping. I thought he rolled his ankle over; well, it wasn't his ankle," said coach Tom Coughlin.

He will be out for 12 weeks and will undergo surgery Friday in North Carolina to have a screw placed into his foot.

Nicks should be ready return to resume workouts by August 20, depending on how quickly he heals. Coughlin is hopeful Nicks' assessment that he'll be back early proves prophetic, but a similar injury last August kept rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara on the sideline for four months.

"We certainly hope that Hakeem is correct in saying that he heals fast," Coughlin said.

Among free agent options remaining, the top available veteran is Plaxico Burress. The Giants are unlikely to explore that option. Burress turns 35 in August and his exit from the team after a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a nightclub incident during the 2008 season and 21-month jail sentence that followed was likely the final straw for the disciplinarian Coughlin.

Burress signed a one-year deal with the Jets last season, his first in the NFL since playing 10 games with the Giants in 2008, and caught 45 passes and eight touchdowns.

The Giants are scheduled to open the season Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the 2012 NFL regular-season opener. Without Nicks, the Giants are down to Victor Cruz and running back Ahmad Bradshaw as the only able-bodied players on the roster who finished in the team's top five in receptions last season.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham signed with the 49ers in free agency and tight end Jake Ballard, who was fourth on the team with 38 catches, was injured in the Super Bowl. Bradshaw, the team's fifth-leading receiver with 34 grabs in 2011, has been on the field this offseason but was bothered for parts of the past two years with foot and ankle injuries.

Rookie Rueben Randle, drafted with the last pick in the second round and rated much higher on the Giants' value board, stands to benefit with extended practice reps and potentially game time.

The Giants considered drafting Randle in the first round. He's been compared to Nicks as a tall, athletic and flexible receiver. Unproven holdovers Jerrel Jernigan and Ramses Barden, homegrown products drafted in the third round of previous drafts, are currently ahead of Randle and Domenik Hixon on the depth chart.

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