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NFL Rumors: New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks to Return in Week 6?

Jim O’Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Giants are getting ready to take on the San Francisco 49ers on the road this weekend in possibly the biggest game of the young season. The 49ers boast one of the NFL‘s best defenses, if not the best, so the Giants will have to bring their A game offensively to have any hope of winning.

If the word from practice this week means anything, they could be getting key weapon Hakeem Nicks back from his knee and foot problems.

Nicks has not played since Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game where he exploded for 10 catches for 199 yards but re-aggravated his foot injury on a play late in the game. He returned to practice not long after, but started having problems with his knee likely as a result of protecting the foot.

The Giants missed him in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and will definitely miss him against the 49ers defense. They are No. 1 in the league in scoring and No. 2 in yards allowed.

According to ESPN, Nicks has looked good in practice this week, though he’s only been doing individual drills.

“Seeing Nicks move side to side, backpedal and run somewhere between half to three-quarters pace is encouraging and a positive step toward playing against San Francisco on Sunday,” ESPN New York’s Ohm Youngmisuk writes. “If Nicks can practice on Thursday and come out of it with no setback to his knee or surgically repaired foot, the receiver will be on track to returning.”

Nicks also got a vote of confidence from running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who believes Nicks will play this weekend.

“He’s tough,” Bradshaw said. “I think he will be here this week. He seemed to give me a hint that he would be. Hakeem will be back 100 percent when he does. He’s just being careful and taking his time. He wants to come back and be that playmaker he’s always been. He doesn’t want it to come back on him and he misses game in and game out. I think he is being [safe] about it.”

The Giants have a tough schedule from here on out, and they’ll need Nicks in as many games as possible. They know that, and will not rush him back just to have him re-injure the foot or knee again. Hopefully his progress in practice means he’ll be back full time soon.

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