Hakeem Nicks says he’ll be back for start of camp

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There were conflicting reports last week about how long Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks would be out before he had surgery to help repair the broken bone in his foot.

The Giants said he would be out approximately 12 weeks and coach Tom Coughlin said it would be a race to get Nicks back in time for the first game of the season. Adam Schefter of ESPN, on the other hand, reported that Nicks would be out four to six weeks and be ready for the start of training camp. Coach Tom Coughlin spoke to Nicks after the surgery and the wide receiver is pushing the more optimistic timeline.

“‘I’ll be back for training camp’ were his final words,” Coughlin said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. “I said OK. I would accept a day or two after the start of camp, (that) would be fine. I really appreciated his optimism. He has a cast and is elevated. He told me he was pretty much pain-free.”

Youngmisuk spoke to wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who had a similar injury that kept him out for three months. That more cautious outlook was illustrated by cornerback Prince Amukamara, who also had a similar injury last season, running on grass for the first time this offseason during Tuesday’s practice.

Regardless of exactly when Nicks is back, Hixon and the other current Giants receivers figure to see an uptick in their workload for the next few weeks. Since the team isn’t showing much interest in players from outside, it is the guys already in house who will have to cover for Nicks.

10 responses to “Hakeem Nicks says he’ll be back for start of camp

  1. Had no worries about Hakeem being ready for week 1. 1000 + yards again for one of the best receivers in the game is a pretty good bet. Nicks is the Giants#1 wr. Love me some V.Cruz but Nicks is Giants #1 wr

  2. Hixon is on the team because he is a standout special teams player. And when healthy, is a good receiver. Remember the great TD catch he had last year where he blew out his knew on the same play? He’s a good football player – get over it. If he’s on injured reserve a roster spot opens up.

  3. Hakeem Nicks has the potential to be the best WR in franchise history. After watching Bradshaw carry the load for three years on a bum foot, I expect that Nicks will do the same.

    @kingcarlbanks: Hixon provides leadership, and some punch in the return game. Glad they gave him a chance to come back. You must have depth to repeat. Hixon is a true blue Giant.

  4. Hixon in 2009:
    – 17 punt returns, 256 yards, 15.1 average, 1TD, long of 79
    – 57 kickoff returns, 1291 yards, 22.6 average, long of 68
    – 7 tackles, 6 solo
    – 15 catches, 187 yards, 12.5 average, 1 TD, long of 61

    Over 1500 return yards, over 1700 all-purpose – that’s why he’s still on the roster.

  5. Let’s not rush Nicks…we don’t need any set backs during the season. It would be nice to see what he could do with a full, healthy season. He puts up monster numbers & usually misses a couple of games a year due to injury. He needs to take it slow….

  6. roadtrip3500 says:May 29, 2012 5:01 PM

    Hixon in 2009:
    – 17 punt returns, 256 yards, 15.1 average, 1TD, long of 79
    – 57 kickoff returns, 1291 yards, 22.6 average, long of 68
    – 7 tackles, 6 solo
    – 15 catches, 187 yards, 12.5 average, 1 TD, long of 61

    Over 1500 return yards, over 1700 all-purpose – that’s why he’s still on the roster.

    We appreciate your stats…from 3 years ago!

  7. schmitty2, considering Hixon was on IR all of 2010 and most of 2011, they’re quite relevant to his ability.

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