The ever-changing timetable on the return of New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has changed once again as General Manager Jerry Reese told Sirius XM NFL radio on Saturday that Nicks could return as early as week three of the preseason.
"Nicks should be ready to go for the last two preseason games, but we won't push him out there," Reese said.
Nicks, who fractured the 5th metatarsal in his right foot in late May, has repeatedly said he would be ready to go long before the regular season began, but that optimistic view had been pooh-poohed up until this week. Now with the team, trainers and doctors, Nicks is apparently ahead of schedule and has even been doing some light jogging on the sideline as the Giants practice.
Reese's optimism of Nicks' recovery is in stark contrast to that of head coach Tom Coughlin, who said on Thursday that Nicks was not ahead of schedule and would not be returning early. This, of course, came after the wide receiver had been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Is he? Isn't he? Maybe? Could be? Possibly? Possibly not?
Nicks will return at some point, but when exactly that is will be up for debate until the very moment he puts on the pads. If Reese is correct, Nicks could return as early as Friday, August 24th when the Giants take on the Chicago Bears. If he's on schedule, as Coughlin believes he is, Nicks will return to practice shortly after the final preseason game on August 29th.
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