As New York Giants’ QB Eli Manning was looking to develop timing and chemistry with WR Hakeem Nicks after an injury-plagued first half, Giants’ fans are getting news they don’t want to hear. Nicks missed practice with a sore left knee, concerning even some with the Giants.
“It’s always a concern, but hopefully it will subside,” Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin said. WR Victor Cruz also told reporters he was a little worried about this latest development, but he understands Nicks may have to take practices off just for rest.
Nicks’ injury issues started in the off-season, when he broke his foot back in May in voluntary camps. Nicks returned for the Giants’ final preseason game, and then played the first two games. Nicks had a monster game in that second game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching 10 passes for 179 yards.
However, Nicks clearly seemed worn down as the game went on and he was held out of the Thursday night game. Many people thought he was held out just for a little more rest because the game was on a short week. However, Nicks would miss the following two games as well.
Even after Nicks returned, he hasn’t been the same guy with the explosive step the Giants have relied on. Nicks was never a fast receiver, but he hasn’t shown the burst off the line of scrimmage like in years past.
It isn’t known whether Nicks will be held out of this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The Giants need healthy pieces at this point in the season, so if Nicks is not 100% or close to it by Sunday, he should be held out.
WR Domenik Hixon has practiced all week, so that’s a good sign. Hixon missed the past two games with an ankle injury he suffered last month. The Giants can use his talents and experience with the offense at this point in the season.