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Despite Hakeem Nicks’ optimism, Giants say he’ll miss three months

NFC Championship Football AP

Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks thinks he’ll be back from foot surgery at the start of training camp, but the Giants aren’t that optimistic.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that the team views Nicks’ timetable of being ready to go when camp opens on July 26 as overly optimistic.

From the team’s perspective, it’s great that Nicks wants to get back out there as soon as he can. But they won’t let him go full-speed until he’s ready, and they think the most realistic time frame is three months.

That would still have Nicks ready for the regular season, and the Giants’ passing game should be in good shape as long as Nicks is at full speed by the start of September. But he’s unlikely to be at full speed by the end of July.

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22 Responses to “Despite Hakeem Nicks’ optimism, Giants say he’ll miss three months”
  1. cooklynn17 says: May 30, 2012 11:08 AM

    Better safe than sorry. Just be at 100% for week one.

  2. zeedoubleyou says: May 30, 2012 11:14 AM

    I’d rather have a player who’s chomping at the bit to get back from injury than the alternative.

  3. rayvens says: May 30, 2012 11:16 AM

    Didnt the Giants say Steve Smith was along way from playing Football…. then a few weeks later he’s starting for the Eagles….ill go with Nicks on this one

  4. mike bonserio says: May 30, 2012 11:27 AM

    rayvens says:
    May 30, 2012 11:16 AM
    Didnt the Giants say Steve Smith was along way from playing Football…. then a few weeks later he’s starting for the Eagles….ill go with Nicks on this one

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    Steve Smith did come back to start but only caught 11 balls all season then went back on the IR. Giants made the right call.

  5. riggz91 says: May 30, 2012 11:34 AM

    Yes, the Giants said Steve Smith should not have returned to football till about week 8. The Iggles said screw that and let him start from the get go, he was barely noticeable and then got shut down for the year with a bone bruise to the same knew he had micro-fracture surgery on. That was a good job by the Iggles.

  6. kyledunivan says: May 30, 2012 11:35 AM

    No hopefully theres a setback and hes not ready for my dallas cowboys week one so the only playmaker we would have to worry about is cruz but now that we have two corners who play press man extremely well it really doesnt matter if he plays or not wur still gonna wipe the floor with them and get revenge for kicking us out of the playoffs last year.

  7. canesgiants says: May 30, 2012 11:44 AM

    Didnt the Giants say Steve Smith was along way from playing Football…. then a few weeks later he’s starting for the Eagles….ill go with Nicks on this one
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    look how that worked out for steve smith. and he didnt start for the eagles–he was a scrub. he should have stayed with the giants and gotten stronger. instead he took the quick pay for a year and people saw he wasnt back from his injury.

  8. bergencountyjc says: May 30, 2012 11:45 AM

    Rayvens: Starting for the Eagles but not ready to play football. Smith caught only 11 passes with one touchdown in nine games before the Eagles placed Smith on injured reserve with a bone bruise in his knee, ending his season. — The same knee the Giants medical staff had wanted Smith to rehab longer before playing…but you know, that’s just the facts.

    I’ll go with the Giants medical staff on this one.

  9. thetroofishere says: May 30, 2012 11:48 AM

    Hey ‘Keem, sit out the first week of the season to make extra sure that foot is healed.

  10. jakek2 says: May 30, 2012 11:51 AM

    Giants’ fan here. The biggest weakness on our team is the medical/training staff. It’s been that way for years. We always lead the league in ACL’s and hamstrings. The next player that the staff predicts will be healed on a date certain will be the first.

    I’d tell all Giants’ fans to mentally prepare for Nicks being back week 4. If he’s back for the opener, we’ll all be pleasantly surprised instead of disappointed when week 4 is more realistic.

  11. bigbluefan1 says: May 30, 2012 12:05 PM

    No hopefully theres a setback and hes not ready for my dallas cowboys week one so the only playmaker we would have to worry about is cruz but now that we have two corners who play press man extremely well it really doesnt matter if he plays or not wur still gonna wipe the floor with them and get revenge for kicking us out of the playoffs last year.

    ______________________________
    All the Giants did was save your team from being one and done.
    Nicks or not we have Eli you have Romo
    Hickson is back and we have many many other WR’s so no worrys.
    Funny how you want a player hurt so you can try and win
    Stay classy

  12. east96st says: May 30, 2012 12:28 PM

    “No hopefully theres a setback and hes not ready for my dallas cowboys week one so the only playmaker we would have to worry about is cruz but now that we have two corners who play press man extremely well it really doesnt matter if he plays or not wur still gonna wipe the floor with them and get revenge for kicking us out of the playoffs last year.”

    Aaaahhh, Texas. 47th in the nation in literacy, 49th in verbal SAT scores, and they just cut another 4.8 billion from education. And it shows. It really does show.

  13. bigbluenationdb says: May 30, 2012 12:36 PM

    12 weeks is plenty of time. My guess is he will be ready around 10 weeks but the Giants will hold him back from full speed and contact until the 12 weeks are up. That puts him back 3 weeks before the opener plenty of time to get into game shape and be ready to sh&t on the revamped Dallas secondary which is not going to be much better because they still can’t rush the passer. Your corners are only as good as your pass rush and Dallas has no one but Ware to be concerned with.

  14. illbillgiantz4lif says: May 30, 2012 12:54 PM

    I’ll say the obvious thing: That the defense will have to carry us early on while the young WRs get acclimated and Nicks and Ballard try to recover from injuries.

  15. nypd1056 says: May 30, 2012 1:40 PM

    “No hopefully theres a setback and hes not ready for my dallas cowboys week one so the only playmaker we would have to worry about is cruz but now that we have two corners who play press man extremely well it really doesnt matter if he plays or not wur still gonna wipe the floor with them and get revenge for kicking us out of the playoffs last year.”

    GOOD TEAMS say bring on your best.

    dallas fans say STAY INJURED so we can hopfully beat your # 2’s

  16. eaglesnoles05 says: May 30, 2012 2:04 PM

    @rayvens- Steve Smith came back and started for the Eagles? While technically true, that’s pretty misleading (considering his performance) if we are trying to give people hope about Nicks….

    Here’s to hoping this foot injury nags… so the Giants fans have a good excuse for missing the playoffs this year.

  17. eaglesnoles05 says: May 30, 2012 2:06 PM

    lol @bigbluenationdb – DeMarcus Ware called. He asked me to tell u to watch film re: rushing the passer. And then the Birds beat you both.

  18. eaglesfanxx says: May 30, 2012 2:10 PM

    It’s funny how Giants fans are in denial about Nicks. They keep saying he’ll be back in 4-6 weeks. 3 months! Deal with it.

    He’s a great player who just can’t stay healthy. He’s been hurt every year of his professional career.

    His most recent injury that will keep off the field for 3 months. How did he hurt his foot? He was running a route and he hurts his foot without any contact.

    This guy gets hurt a lot for a WR who is only 24 years old. Most WR’s are able to stay healthy enough to play in practically every game. Nicks has some problem with his legs. He always seems to have some sort of knee or foot injury.

    Too bad for the Giants. They’ll be lucky to win 7 games in 2012. Sorry, New York.

  19. redbeardxxv says: May 30, 2012 2:36 PM

    eaglesfanxx says:
    May 30, 2012 2:10 PM
    It’s funny how Giants fans are in denial about Nicks. They keep saying he’ll be back in 4-6 weeks. 3 months! Deal with it.

    He’s a great player who just can’t stay healthy. He’s been hurt every year of his professional career.

    His most recent injury that will keep off the field for 3 months. How did he hurt his foot? He was running a route and he hurts his foot without any contact.

    This guy gets hurt a lot for a WR who is only 24 years old. Most WR’s are able to stay healthy enough to play in practically every game. Nicks has some problem with his legs. He always seems to have some sort of knee or foot injury.

    Too bad for the Giants. They’ll be lucky to win 7 games in 2012. Sorry, New York.
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    He’s missed a total of 6 games in his NFL career, and played in more post season games than anyone on that other team from South Jersey you cheer for. Hell, Vick missed 6 games last year alone, and he’s the main guy that your season will hinge on. The Giants have Ruben Randle, Hixon, Cruz, Jernigan and Barden to back up the WR spot. Add to that 3 good backs, and 3 decent TE’s…. who do you have backing up Vick? Eagles will be lucky to have a QB in 7 games this year. Sorry Philthy.

  20. kingcarlbanks says: May 30, 2012 3:34 PM

    @eaglesfanxx

    It’s amazing how in denial eagles fans are about Vick, the guy can’t seem to play a full season. We know he can’t play through a boo boo like a hurt finger..

  21. east96st says: May 30, 2012 3:58 PM

    “Too bad for the Giants. They’ll be lucky to win 7 games in 2012. Sorry, New York.”

    That would be a rough season. But, at least, we can take comfort in the fact that it hasn’t been 52 years and counting since our team won the championship. In fact, they are the current Super Bowl Champs. Too bad for the Eagles. Sorry, Philly.

  22. kappy32 says: May 31, 2012 4:22 AM

    Nicks doesn’t need training camp. He’ll be back with enough time to get into game ready shape, then come week 1, he will be lighting up secondaries with the best QB in the NFL right now throwing him the ball.

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