While appearing at the Queens Theatre at a Time Warner Cable event to promote his new book "Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue," New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said teammate Hakeem Nicks is targeting week one, not training camp, for his return to the football field.
"He looks good. He's walking again on his own so that's definitely a good sign," Cruz said. "He told me he'll be ready and he told me he'll take training camp to continue rehabbing and continue to get his foot back right, but I definitely expect him to be ready by game one."
Nicks, who fractured the 5th metatarsal in his right foot in late May, has repeatedly said he'd return and participate in training camp. However, only seven weeks into a 12 week timetable and with less than two weeks remaining until training camp in Albany kicks off, the chances of a miraculous early return are becoming less and less likely. On the positive side, easing into a return decreases the chances of a setback and all but assures Nicks will be ready to suit up for week one against the Dallas Cowboys.
Quarterback Eli Manning recently said he's not concerned about the timing between the two, citing years of familiarity and Nicks' incredible work ethic as reasons.
"He’s a guy who knows the offense, he knows what he’s doing, it won’t take long for us to get back on the same page," Manning said.
If the initial 12 week timetable for Nicks' return proves accurate, the wide receiver would cleared to play around August 16th. That would leave him three weeks to actively prepare for the opener, but as the team learned with cornerback Prince Amukamara only a year ago, these injuries tend to linger a bit. It's much more realistic that Nicks returns to practice in early September and suits up for the first time on September 5th when Big Blue opens against Dallas.
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