New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was seen limping off the field several times on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In one instance, it was clear that a defender had come down on the back of his heel and that Nicks was in a significant amount of pain. However, after taking a scheduled day off from practice on Tuesday, both Nicks and head coach Tom Coughlin said that no setbacks were suffered and the wideout had a green light for Thursday.
“I feel all right,” Nicks said. “I’m taking it day-by-day. I got some treatment, worked on my cardio, then hit the weight room. I can’t let not practicing frustrate me. I just have to have the mentality to get better. It’s getting better. It’s all about maintaining my body and then getting ready to play come game time.”
Nicks added that playing on Sunday actually made his foot feel a lot better; that it was a better treatment than ice. And although that may just be a mental thing, he's anxious to hit the field again on Thursday for what will be his first trip back to Carolina since being drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
“It’s really big for me,” Nicks said. “I’m really looking forward to it. I have a lot of family and friends that are going to be there.”
Nicks is no stranger to the Carolina Panthers, having watched them religiously while attending UNC. In fact, he was a big fan of Steve Smith – someone he modeled himself after and hoped to be like. On Sunday, he'll have a chance to put on a show with Smith watching from the sidelines.
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