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New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Downgraded to Out Against Carolina Panthers

September 19th, 2012 at 3:55 PM
By Dan Benton

In a shocking and unexpected move, the New York Giants have downgraded wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to out against the Carolina Panthers. He did not make the trip with the team.

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.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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103 Responses to “New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Downgraded to Out Against Carolina Panthers”

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  1.  jfunk says:

    Ouch. That does not make me feel warm and fuzzy.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Not good news, at all. Never mind the game, what does it mean about his foot?

  3.  F0XLIN says:

    I everyone was right, Ruben Randle will be the 3rd receiver and Barden playing. I guess that’s why Nicks told Randle to be ready

  4.  JimStoll says:

    this better be nothing more than the quick turnaround or the offense is in trouble
    time for wilson to step up

  5.  G-MenFan says:

    Well, what’s the point in having depth at a position if you can’t give a banged up guy some time off in a short week against the likes of the Panthers defense?

    If Barden doesn’t step up now he never will. We should also see some of Randle and maybe even Jernigan.

    Next man up.

  6.  norm says:

    Well, that sucks.

    Hopefully, Reese wasn’t just blowing smoke when he said on draft day that Randle’s game reminded him of Nicks’. Tomorrow would be a good time for Reuben to start making good on Reese’s words.

  7.  kujo says:

    Not good. Not good at all.

  8.  F0XLIN says:

    Let’s hope the combination of Beatty, Locklear, and Brown can continue the resurgence of the run. We will need it tomorrow night

  9.  TuckThis says:

    Ugh! This could get ugly! I was worried about their chances before. Now? Time to step up or shut up.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    If this is just precaution because of the time between games then I don’t mind. when Hixon and MM were both out last year is when we found out Cruz could play. Maybe one of the WRs will step up.

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