- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants may finally have caught a break on the injury front.

Leading receiver Hakeem Nicks apparently only has a bone bruise on his left knee and is hopeful that he will be able to play on Monday night against the St. Louis Rams.

Nicks hurt the knee early in the first quarter on Sunday after making a 68-yard reception to set up Eli Manning’s 2-yard touchdown run. He said he hyperextended his knee on the play but later said the injury was a bone bruise, so take your pick.

An MRI on Monday found nothing structurally wrong with the knee and Nicks said it is has been feeling better the past two days.

Nicks, who led the Giants with seven catches for 122 yards in the 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins, only did some light jogging Wednesday.

“I will take it day to day,” Nick said. “I feel way better than I did yesterday and I keep going up. I don’t see myself missing no time.”

The Giants took out an insurance policy on Wednesday in case Nicks cannot play, agreeing to terms with veteran receiver Brandon Stokley, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press late Wednesday.

The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because Stokley had not signed the contract.

The 35-year-old Stokley had 31 catches for 354 yards last season with the Seattle Seahawks. He has played 12 NFL seasons with Baltimore, Indianapolis and Denver, winning Super Bowls with Baltimore and Indianapolis. He caught a touchdown pass in the Ravens’ win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

Nicks said he was never worried about the injury because he was able to shake it off and finish the game.

“I knew if it was something that serious I would not have been able to stay as elusive as I was,” he said. “I was still running in and out of my cuts so I knew it was nothing that serious.”

Nicks said if swelling continues to go down, he will practice before the game.

Not having a serious injury is something new for the Giants (0-1) this season.

They have lost key three players to season-ending injuries. Top Cornerback Terrell Thomas and middle linebacker Jonathan Goff were sidelined with major knee injuries and second-round draft pick Marvin Austin, a defensive tackle, tore a pectoral muscle.

Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora is still out following arthroscopic knee surgery in the preseason, and first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara, a cornerback, just started jogging again today after breaking a foot early in camp.

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