The Giants spent last August watching key players leave practice with injuries, but they’re experiencing the opposite this time around.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, out since breaking a bone in his foot during spring workouts, is coming off the physically-unable-to-perform list. The team announced Monday that Nicks has passed his physical, giving him the go-ahead to start practicing with the team. The team originally said that Nicks would take about three months to recover from his injury, a prognosis that Nicks though was too conservative but one that ultimately went the Giants’ way as Friday will mark 12 weeks from the date Nicks hurt himself.
You’d expect the Giants will ease Nicks back into the flow, something made easier by the fact that he must wear only shells during the next three padded practices. Given that time frame and the desire to avoid setbacks or the other kinds of nagging leg injuries that Nicks has dealt with in his career, itt seems unlikely that he will be on the field when they face the Jets on Saturday night.
The time off shouldn’t do much to diminish Nicks’ chemistry with Eli Manning and all should be fine with the Giants offense as long as Nicks remains healthy through the rest of the preseason.