For the second time in less than a month, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is recovering from a fractured 5th metatarsal of his right foot, has said he'll be back by training camp. This time however, Nicks also told WFNZ Charlotte that he's no longer in a walking boot and had, at one point, started running.
“Definitely making training camp. I started running about two weeks [ago] but the coaches don’t really want me to force the issue right now so I haven’t [resumed] running yet. They want me to just take my time with it — they feel like that’s what’s best. So right now I’m just taking my time with it. But I’ll definitely be ready for the season,” Nicks said.
Nicks said he knew a bone in his foot was broken the moment it happened, but didn't really believe it was that big a deal as he was able to walk off the field without so much as a limp.
“Yeah, I know right away. I felt it. I heard it in my body. It was like a little snap on the side of my foot. I knew it right away. I walked off the field, didn’t nobody even know," he added. "I just walked off the field and told the trainers on the side, ‘I think I just broke a bone in my foot.’”
The initial projection was that Nicks would miss upwards of 12 weeks, meaning a return sometime in mid-August, but he's remained adamant from day one that he'd be able to return much sooner. Since then, there have also been several reports that the wide receiver out of North Carolina could return in as little as 4-6 weeks. Either way, the Giants will undoubtedly ease Nicks back into the fold only when they feel confident that his foot has healed properly. The last thing they want to do is have him re-injure his foot and miss the week one game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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