Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did not play in the New York Giants‘ biggest game of the season on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. It came as a bit of surprise as Nicks had claimed he would be active for the game despite his lack of practice during the week. Apparently, the decision to hold him out was made by New York’s coaching staff.
Nicks, who will be a free agent following the season, missed last Wednesday’s practice and was limited on Thursday and Friday. The fifth-year wideout has been battling an abdominal injury throughout the 2013 season, and on Tuesday, Tom Coughlin explained that Nicks was held out of Sunday’s game because of the amount of practice time he missed due to the injury.
It has been an interesting season for Nicks to say the least. His production is not where it has been in years past as the receiver looks less and less explosive. The most troubling statistic speaks volumes, as Nicks has yet to score a touchdown this season. He once looked like he could be New York’s no. 1 wide receiver for the foreseeable future, and now it looks like Nicks’ time could be up.
It really is hard to fathom considering the success he experienced in the Giants’ improbable Super Bowl run in 2011.
Missing one game would not make or break a situation like this, but it may just be the icing on the cake. According to ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano, Coughlin’s frustration with the Nicks situation is leaking out in his press conferences. New York really needs to see something from Nicks before this year comes to its conclusion. The last five games of the season could very well determine Nicks’ future with Giants.