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New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks Officially Out for Week 5

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When the New York Giants take on the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium this Sunday, they’ll have to do it without star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks again. Head coach Tom Coughlin has officially ruled Nicks out, citing knee and foot problems. His knee issue likely came as a result of protecting his foot, which he broke back in May during mini-camp.

Despite the injury, Nicks exploded for 199 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, he aggravated the injury during that game as well. The question now has to be asked: can Nicks be labeled injury-prone?

It’s a valid question, considering Nicks has yet to play a full season in his four year career. He missed two games his rookie year, three games in 2010 and one game last year. He’s obviously not suffered any serious injury, and nobody (including myself) should ever question his toughness for how many games he has played while not 100 percent.

To be perfectly honest, I bet Nicks would have played every game this year if the staff left it up to him.

Still, though, it is frustrating when one of your best players cannot stay on the field. I realize this will be better for the team in the long run, but I hope the Giants do not regret sitting him for these three games. They were able to overcome the loss against the porous defense of the Carolina Panthers, but Nicks was sorely missed against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Browns have a solid defense despite being 0-4 and the Giants better not be looking past them.

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