Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/2/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Is it the foot, or is it the knee? Well, both, I guess. Nicks had a foot problem originally that the Giants were waiting to heal. In the meantime, his knee has apparently started to swell. The Browns will face another team without Joe Haden this week as they face off against the New York Giants, but as the week goes it seems more and more likely that the Browns won’t have to face receiver Hakeem Nicks in that passing attack.

But it’s a knee problem that concerns them now, when the wide receiver experienced swelling after running for the first time in a week. It’s cost him two straight games, and his status for this week is uncertain.

In addition, Eli Manning didn’t have the best day against the Eagles in a loss this past weekend, but that’s all relative when talking about a two-time Super Bowl winner. Manning still had over 300 yards through the air and helped put Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz over 100 yards each. So Nicks or not, the Browns should still have their hands full in the Haden-less secondary.

[Related: NFL Week 4: Winners and Losers]

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