The New York Giants revealed on Thursday that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had suffered a fractured 5th metatarsal in his right foot and was expected to be out for approximately 12 weeks. That timetable would have Nicks returning sometime in mid-August, giving him three weeks to prepare for the regular season. Head coach Tom Coughlin expressed reserved optimism about said timetable, saying he's "hopeful" Nicks can be ready by week one.
“Well, it’s probably going to be close,” said Coughlin. “Hopefully, he will. He feels very confident about it. The doctors have expressed it as something they feel will heal very, very well. Obviously, we’ve got to get about the business of healing right away.”
Nicks will undergo surgery today to have a screw inserted in his foot, and the operation will be performed by noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC.
“Let’s take the positive side of it,” Coughlin said. “The positive side of it is the doctors are very confident this will be a complete healing and perhaps the bone will be stronger than it ever was.”
Last year, Nicks' teammate, Prince Amukamara, fractured his 5th metatarsal on August 6th. He didn't return to full practice for 15 weeks and was still undergoing treatment as recently as late March. That's not to say Nicks -who is a noted quick healer- will follow a similar pattern, just that there is a possibility he sits out the first few weeks.
In the interim, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, rookie Rueben Randle and a healthy Domenik Hixon will all have the opportunity to step up and make an impression. And should Nicks return by week one, at the very least all of the reserves will have had more time to work with quarterback Eli Manning to improve their continuity for when they are eventually called upon.
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