Nicks, who hauled in 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, was confident he would be able to play on Thursday. Both he and head coach Tom Coughlin said that he had suffered no setbacks, and that missing practice on Tuesday was his scheduled day off because of the short week.
The fourth-year wideout out of UNC was greatly looking forward to his return to North Carolina, and had purchased "a lot" of tickets for his friends and family. He was also looking forward to taking the same field as Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, who he modeled himself after in college.
With both Nicks and Domenik Hixon (concussion) out on Thursday, the Giants are left with only four healthy wide receivers: Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan.
The defensive advantage now shifts to the Panthers, who will double Cruz and keep a single-high safety on tight end Martellus Bennett. The onus then falls on Barden, Jernigan, Randle and Bear Pascoe to produce and beat their one-on-ones.
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