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NFL Rumors: Should The New York Giants Shut Down Hakeem Nicks This Week?

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks has been dealing with injury problems this entire year and throughout his career. When he’s healthy, he’s a stud receiver. The problem is he really hasn’t been at all this year and now it seems like those problems are continuing.

Nicks has knee swelling and did not practice today. He has been fighting off knee issues all season on top of his foot that he had off-season knee surgery on. Since returning from injury in week six, he hasn’t been that productive. He has 13 catches for 163 yards and no touchdowns in the four games, including just one catch this past Sunday.

It might be in his and the team’s best interest for him to sit out this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. With the bye coming up next week, it can give him an additional week of rest to get him ready for the upcoming stretch run.

Rueben Randle, Dominik Hixon and Ramses Barden each have stepped up when Nicks was injured before and they could do it again this week. A compromised Nicks means Victor Cruz is going to be keyed on more which has been happening and the passing game has struggled of late.

Sometimes you say a certain player at 75% is better than other guys at full strength. Right now, the Giants are not better with an injured Hakeem Nicks on the field. They should let him rest up for the next two weeks and hope he’ll be good to go thereafter. Otherwise, the passing game may be in a little bit of trouble as the team moves forward.