Report: Giants WR Steve Smith Expected To Miss Sunday's Game Against Redskins

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Steve Smith Injury Likely To Keep Him Out Vs. Redskins; Targets Week 14 Return

The Washington Redskins are missing a pair of defensive backs for Sunday's game against the New York Giants and their absence will likely be softened by the news that Giants WR Steve Smith doesn't seem likely to return from injury this week.

"There’s a chance,’’ Smith said. "I wouldn’t say a big chance but there’s a chance.’’

It doesn't seem like it's a very good chance. Initial reports earlier this week pegged him at missing two weeks but he tells reporters that he he's "shooting for" Week 14 against the Minnesota Vikings saying it's a "goal of mine."

The Giants proved last week that they could survive without Smith, and their other leading receiver, Hakeem Nicks, as they beat the Jaguars, 24-20. Mario Manningham and Derek Hagan replaced those two and combined for 82 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Most likely, they'll need to do that again this Sunday against the Redskins.

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Report: Giants WR Steve Smith Expected To Miss Sunday's Game Against Redskins

The New York Giants will already be without receiver Hakeem Nicks for the next several weeks. Now it appears they will have to make do without Steve Smith for what is likely two more weeks,according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, as the receiver's torn pectoral muscle is expected to keep Smith out for this Sunday's game against the Redskins and the following week's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Smith suffered the injury in the middle of November in practice. Mario Manningham and Derek Hagan are expected to start at wideout in the place of Nicks and Smith against the Redskins. Michael Clayton was signed last week and is expected to see time as third wide receiver for the Giants until their regulars recover.

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