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New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Will Return to Practice Thursday, Expects to Play Sunday

September 12th, 2012 at 4:03 PM
By Paul Tierney

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.


Tags: Carolina, Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Football, Hakeem Nicks, New York, New York Giants, NFL, North Carolina, Plaxico Burress, Super Bowl, Tampa Bay

28 Responses to “New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Will Return to Practice Thursday, Expects to Play Sunday”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    i’d be willing to sit Nicks this game in order for him to get healthy enough to be his normal self.

    he’s just one of those guys, who is injury prone and will miss a few games a year. I hope im wrong, but he wasn’t himself VS. Dallas.

    Kujo, you see how I held back here??

    I didn’t call him what i Called “Kiehl a few years ago.

  2.  Krow says:

    Well one of the talk shows had a very fired up Bucs fan .. He said this year in Tampa it’s all about getting the QB. Luckily we have a great OL to blunt that or we’d be screwed.

  3.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    September 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    GIANTT says:
    September 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM
    On the Boley horse collar – The argument seems to be that – who knows if he would have scored if he hadnt been tackled ? Why is the onus on Boley in this case ? Prove to me that he WOULDNT have scored and I will accept the penalty as it is now but why shouldnt there be a penalty TD if , in the opinion of the ref the player with the ball would have had an unimpeded path to the goal which I think Boley did . In this case , anything less than a penalty TD makes it very obvious that there will always be someone who will be willing to take a lesser penalty .Look he probably would have done it anyway no matter what the penalty since there is always the chance that it doesnt get called but at least the ball carrier doesnt get penalized for something he DIDNT do

    GOAT56 says:
    September 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM
    Because that’s now how you play sports. What most sports do if give you an easier chance to score. Take basketball getting two free throws or soccer/hockey with penulty kicks. You never actually are given the score but just an easier chance to because the fact is you didn’t score. Maybe Boley steps out of bounds or fumbles the ball out of bounds, you just can’t assume a TD would happen. A fair consequence is getting the ball first and goal and the 1 yard line which we basically did. Now just because we messed up and didn’t score a TD (the refs helped too) doesn’t mean our chance wasn’t fair.

    Let’s also realize this exact opposite play could happen to us and we would be applauding Beatty for doing the same thing Smith did. There should be a fair rule not just something that would have helped more in the Boley situation.

    BigBlueGiant says:
    September 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM
    Nothing in sports is a given anyway.

    But the point I think you’re missing is that it’s a dangerous play. And yes, while Smith was fined 16k, it doesn’t take away the fact that we missed out on scoring a TD on that drive, which Boley would have had he not been illegally tackled from behind.

    In basketball, the clear path foul was JUST put into place a few years ago, because what happened was a player would commit a foul and no free throws would come of it. Now, they commit a clear path foul, and it’s automatic 2 FT’s and the ball. This was done, because had a player committed a clear path foul, the other team wasn’t statistically averaging 2 pts.

    I think the team should have a bigger advantage resulting from a dangerous tackle then putting the ball on the 1. Which is why i like either the tackler being ejected or getting the ball back after a score. The penalty should really be only if the team who has the “clear path” is inside the 10 yd line.

    anyway… this is pointless since it’ll never happen.

    But the NFL SHOULD look into it.

    GOAT56 says:
    September 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM
    2 free throws is not automatic though. That’s the point you missing. Hitting 2 free throws and scoring a TD from the 1 yard line on first and goal are about the same odds. Nothing is giving, it’s just providing an opportunity.

    I guess an addition to this idea could be that inside the 10 (or 20) yard line a team would have the ability to use 15 yards penalty on the kickoff or half a distance on a 2 point try and not just the ball on the 1 yard line. Which is kind of like the equivalent in the NBA of getting possession again after free throws.


  4.  GOAT56 says:

    So basically Nicks is becoming like Plax in 2007 except he practices a little. The issue is that Nicks is still a young vet and I think not practicing does hurt him especially now since he barely played or practiced in the preseason. As the season goes along he should knock the rust of but earlier in the season no practicing doesn’t help.

    I hope this means that once the rust is off we will see the same Nicks. We need that. I don’t know if we have enough to win with an 85% Nicks this season.

    •  Willy Wonka says:

      definitely not enough since we have primadonna cruz more concerned young whales than studying film and being in football shape. (*sarcasm*) I think we have enough to win with a 85% nicks BUT i would much rather see him sit 2 weeks and get right because it will be a lot easier with a 100% nicks

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    This idea about using a bigger body as a FB in short yardage I think is a good one. I think Kuhn and Austin are also options because they are very athletic. But Joseph might be the best option because with his experience at DT he can actually afford to miss a few reps unlike Kuhn or Austin. Also Petrus might not be a bad idea in this role. He is pretty athletic and very strong. The FB role with seem easier for him assignment wise.

    •  Krow says:

      We’re not doing it. Forget it.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Yeah, i said it half jokingly.

        But i’d love to See Linval Block or even try and “Refrigerator” it for the score!

        •  Willy Wonka says:

          hynoski isn’t the problem so i don’t see this happening. I could see use putting locklear or petrus in as a 2nd te though

          •  GOAT56 says:

            I’m just talking about short yardage wise. I do notice a few teams use a DT at FB in those situations. I doubt it happens but it’s a good idea.

            •  Eric S says:

              @Goat56, FB’s are a dying breed. Most teams no longer carry a traditional FB on the roster, so they throw in a DT or OL in their place. Most likely why you notice it more these days.

          •  G-MenFan says:

            Hynoski’s lead blocks last Wednesday night were pathetic. He was in fact a BIG part of the problem. They all need to improve or this season will fast become about picking in the top 15 next April.

  6.  LUZZ says:

    I’ve never been a fan of power on the goal line. The defenses stack the line with big bodies and LBs shoot gaps, it’s just too hard over power all that beef. This is not to say that you can’t run the ball at the goal line, but it’s easier to spread out the defense when you want to run down there.

  7.  LUZZ says:

    i like play action on first and goal from the 1. Defenses sell out against the run, especially on first down.

  8.  jfunk says:

    This whining about the Boley play is getting pathetic. A decent team scores from 1st & goal. The Cowboys did not take that TD away from the Giants, the Giants took it away from themselves by playing really poor football.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      no doubt about it.

      I dont think Goat and I were whining about the play. I think it was more about having a discussion about a flaw in the rules and if/how it should be changed. That’s all.

    •  kujo says:

      Yup. Said it earlier–if we had an offensive line that could produce dependably in short yardage situations, we’d have had that touchdown. Period. It’s not about Gilbride’s playcalling and it’s not about Bradshaw kicking the play to the outside. It’s about a lack of talent, and it’s been about that for the last 7 years or so. Even the “great” Giants OL of the mid-2000s couldn’t be relied on for this because, good as they were in the zone blocking scheme we ran, they just didn’t matchup well enough in the tight, one on one, badass interior situations. It’s the same thing now, only worse because these guys ain’t all that good in ANY situation.

      •  kujo says:

        We need to see a LOT more out of Mr. Baas. We keep hearing that he’ll be “fine” from the professional anesthetizers here on G101, but at this point, he’s shown that he’s anything but the long term solution at center that Reese paid him to be. I can lob bombs at Boothe all day for being a lardass who sucks as a guard, but at least he’s not overpaid like Baas and Diehl are!

        •  fanfor55years says:

          You don’t judge a guy’s play based on his salary. Either he does the job or he doesn’t. Baas didn’t do it early last season but DID do it late. He was lousy on Wednesday, as was the entire O-line. Let’s wait and see how he/they do over the next month before we reach any conclusions.

          BUT, as I have said, this season, thanks to the schedule, they don’t have a lot of time to get their act together. They cannot afford a lot more losses early or they will be unlikely to recover.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Well, yes it is about all of the above. The O-line isn’t getting the job done. But they’d have had an easy time scoring if they’d passed on all three downs rather than stubbornly try to run it in, and a running back should NEVER kick it outside on a run from the 1-yard line. At worst you have a second-and-1. He gave us a second-and four. Idiot. Give me Wilson or brown in that situation if Bradshaw’s gonna do that ish.

  9.  kujo says:

    I’ll tell you what I don’t want to see anytime between now and Week 7 or 8–any of our defensive tackles, least of all the BEST one, in as a fullback or anything else creative. We are too thin there and another injury would be devastating. Im similarly concerned about the prospect of Hosley returning punts. Not worth the risk! Put Hixon back there, or see if Groger or Publix can spare Will Blackmon for a few weeks. Anything to minimize the danger of losing another corner.

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