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New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks Expects to Return to Practice “In a Day or Two”

August 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

A little less than a week ago, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was forced to leave practice after experiencing tightness in his groin. Since then, Nicks has participated on a limited basis, but most of his time has been spent on a stationary bike. That hasn't sat well with wide receivers coach Kevin Gilbride Jr. or head coach Tom Coughlin, who both insist he needs to practice after missing quite a bit of time last year as well.

But Nicks remains optimistic and told reporters on Friday that he will likely return to full practice "in a day or two," and claims that he and Coughlin are on the same page.

“Just trying to protect myself from myself. I’m so competitive. Something I’d have pushed myself & pushed myself through last year," Nicks said. “[Coach Coughlin and I] talk daily about it. We’re on the same page. [Missing practice] is in the best interests of both sides.”

As far as the public perception, Nicks feels fans have things a bit mixed up.

"They're outsiders looking in," he said. "They don't understand."

Fans only understand what they see, and what they've seen is an oft-injured wide receiver who has not yet been able to string together a full 16 game season. It's gotten to a frustrating point for all of those on the outside looking in because they can clearly see what Nicks brings to the table … when he comes to the table. And that frustration won't subside until he's on the field.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks Expects to Return to Practice “In a Day or Two””

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    After last year I don’t now how anyone can question Nicks toughness. He played at a percentage that few skill players will play at. Nicks is not the player you have to worry about pushing through. Given his experience and past performance his health is far more important than making sure he’s in sync.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Big difference between being tough and being stupid. Nicks didn’t help us at all last year trying to be the tough guy. What he did was stupid.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Yes he did help us. And Nicks didn’t do it by himself. We could all see he wasn’t himself but the coaches sent him back out there week after week. Many footbal players will play hurt if allowed and we allowed him to. We were better with him until defenses finally realized that he was really hurt and started defending us differently. I feel like Pitt was the first team to really see that and we were played different from there on out.

  2.  kujo says:

    Krow,

    Really like your take on the Riley Cooper thing. Tip o’ the hat to ya.

  3.  kujo says:

    So, Diehl is the starting right tackle? How long do you think it’ll take for Pugh to crack the starting lineup? We should have a pool going.

    Also, where the hell is norm to kick the tires on the annual G101 Training Camp Heroes?!?!?

  4.  JimStoll says:

    webster on the bike — groin

  5.  JimStoll says:

    every year we seem to have an injury theme whether it be ACL’s, hammies, whatever

    this year, the early front runner is “groin” — Nicks/Webster

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Players are going to get Nicked in training camp. Webster won’t be the last. But if these nicks are what we are going to be talking about injury wise things are GREAT on this team health wise. Look at our first week compared to Philly or SF. This has been a great first week and hopefully things will continue.

      Our only real concerns are JPP and Hynoski. JPP sounds liek he’s recovering well but they don’t want to get ahead of themselves. Hynoski is more of a mystery. Kuhn truth be told really doesn’t matter much. Snee looks like he will back in plenty of time. TT is a totally mystery, it’s best to not think of him and his presence will only be a bonus. At least with TT we can start the season with him on PUP if needed. Maybe they are being conservative with him this year as compared to last year.

      •  kujo says:

        Nicked- the verb of being an All World talent who can’t seem to stay health (see; Hakeem Nicks)

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I think you’re getting ahead of yourself. Being healthy for training camp means nothing, it’s about the regular season. We will see. It’s funny how one season changes perception. Worse was being said about Beatty at this time a year ago and now there are no concerns.

  6.  Chad Eldred says:

    The line being drawn between Beatty and Nicks is anecdotal and has no logical basis whatsoever. You cannot take the injury history of one person and build a predictive model based on that. Unless Beatty and Nicks share a body, there is no relationship whatsoever. Sure if Nicks stays healthy as Beatty did, a lot of this talk goes away. But suggesting that because one person has a particular experience, another will as well is not logically valid.

    Dennis Pitta played all 16 games the last two seasons and won’t play any this year. Does a player who has similarly been healthy the last two seasons need to worry about a season ending injury because of Dennis Pitta? Of course not. They are independent of one another.

    Beatty’s experience has no predictive value for Nicks. It may illustrate the possibility that a player can have injuries and overcome them, but it does not suggest a likelihood.

    Nor does Frank Gifford’s injury history mean jack sh!t in relation to Nicks.

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