Optimistic outlook for Hakeem Nicks

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Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is having surgery today after he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and there’s some room for optimism that Nicks will recover not just before the start of the regular season, but before the start of training camp.

Despite Giants coach Tom Coughlin saying that Nicks’ recovery time will make playing in Week One a close call, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that one person familiar with Nicks’ injury said it was more likely to sideline him for just four to six weeks.

If that’s the case, Nicks would be good to go for the start of training camp. A 4-6 week injury would make Nicks miss Organized Team Activities and minicamp, but nothing more than that.

Even at the more pessimistic reports of a 12-week recovery time, Nicks should be good to go for the start of the regular season, which is 15 weeks away. At this point, unless Nicks has a serious setback, he appears to be in good shape to start the season.