When star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks broke his fifth metatarsal in his foot in OTAs last week, early indications were he was going to miss 12 weeks at the least. This was the supposed recovery time for the surgery. However, after having the surgery last Friday, Nicks told New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin that he was already “pain free,” and will “be back by training camp.”
“I said, ‘OK, I would accept it if it was maybe a day or two after the start of camp, that’d be fine,’ ” Coughlin said on Tuesday.
In fact, a source familiar with the foot injury told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the injury could actually only require a 4-6 week recovery period, putting him back healthy in the middle of July.
The original recovery period would have put him back in the third week of August, or towards the end of training camp. At first there were several doubts that Nicks would even be ready for the Sept. 5 opener against the Dallas Cowboys. That still remains in doubt, but the reports are looking up and it feels like he could be ready.
Unfortunately you never know with foot injuries. 2011 19th overall pick Prince Amukamara suffered the same injury and waited 15 weeks before practicing. Domenik Hixon has no doubts Nicks will be the same player.
“Our trainers staff, they do a great job of having you in condition even though you’re not running. You’d be surprised the stuff they come up with,” Hixon said. “[Nicks] stays in shape. It’s not going to be a matter of the in-shape thing [with him].”
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