In an attempt to avoid the inevitable mass hysteria that arises each time New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks misses a practice, the star wideout came out and publicly stated his intentions of practicing tomorrow. After sitting out of team activities today to rest his foot injury, Nicks told the media that not only will he be on the field for practice Thursday, but he will also play this Sunday against Tampa Bay. So for all of you out there that were up in arms about Nicks riding the stationary bike today, it looks as if the situation will work itself out in the Giants favor.
Hakeem Nicks missed two straight practices before the team's opener against the Dallas Cowboys a week ago. While he was likely not playing at full strength, Nicks was in the game for all but four of the Giants snaps on offense. With that, he looked like he was running well after missing the vast majority of the preseason.
It's understandable that fans have serious concerns about the durability of Hakeem Nicks. In his three previous seasons, the North Carolina product has never played a full 16 game schedule due to a myriad of injuries. Because of that, the health of the Giants number one wideout will be a major story line for the duration of the season.
It may be prudent to compare this situation to how the Giants handled Plaxico Burress during the latter portions team's 2007 Super Bowl run. Burress, as you may recall, would routinely miss practice for most of the week with a right ankle injury. However, Burress was still able to be Eli Manning's top target throughout the regular season. While having Hakeem Nicks miss practice is not ideal, his chemistry with Eli Manning will be enough for him to retain his productivity on game day.
It may still be a week or two before Nicks gets his feet under him and returns to his former self. However, he is still a player that all defenses must account for each time he steps on the field. Look for Nicks to have a significant impact against Tampa Bay.
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