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NFL roundup: Giants' Nicks suffers broken foot

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New York 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.

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. Coach Tom 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.

---Mark Sanchez looks stronger and healthy, coach Rex Ryan said. But all eyes at the Jets' first organized team activity open to the media were on the backup quarterback.

Tim Tebow often appeared a step behind in the team's seven-on-seven drills and threw two interceptions on plays he later said were brand new. Linebacker Bart Scott, who drew praise from Ryan for "being Bart Scott" again, intercepted Tebow's first pass and free-agent newcomer Yeremiah Bell snagged the other, which was also floated over the middle.

"It's definitely frustrating," Tebow said. "But it's 7 on 7. Those plays, were the first time I ran them. So I'll learn from it. Honestly, it won't bother me again. When you make the bad play, you got to put it behind you and move on. I felt like I did."

Tebow also practiced as the up man in the punt formation, a role he said will be fun, and the Jets discussed with him in great detail.

--- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison says that regardless of the outcome, all NFL players stand to benefit from Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against Roger Goodell.

"It is really a win-win. Whether he wins the case or if he loses it," Harrison told a group of reporters at a team-organized event. "If he loses it, it shows that Goodell does have too much power and if he wins it, it opens up the flood gates."

Vilma's suit claims the Goodell made false statements that tarnished Vilma's reputation and hurt his chances to make a living playing football. Vilma received a one-year suspension as a result of the Saints' bounty program, which the NFL alleges it ran from 2009-11.

---Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor may have sold his Super Bowl XXV ring sold for $230,401 last week to Charlie Sheen, according to a FOX Sports report.

Taylor and his agent, Mark Lepselter, related to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer that they were told the former "Two and a Half Men" star was the winning bidder for Taylor's jewelry.

A Sheen purchase would continue a trend for the actor, a noted sports fanatic who has spent money on memorabilia. He once told ESPN's Dan Patrick that some of his items included Babe Ruth's 1927 World Series ring and the contract of Ruth's sale from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees.

---The Philadelphia Eagles announced Thursday the hiring of Tom Donahoe as senior football advisor.

Donahoe, who previously headed personnel departments in Buffalo and Pittsburgh, replaces Phil Savage, who left the Eagles to run the Senior Bowl in his native Mobile, Ala.

The Eagles also announced a number of additions to the staff, including Ed Marynowitz as assistant director of pro scouting, Jake Hallum as senior scout and John Middlekauff as west coast area scout.
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