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Hakeem Nicks out for Giants at Carolina

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Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks isn’t making the trip to Carolina.

Just hours after the Giants listed Nicks as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers with a foot injury, the team announced that Nicks is not on the team flight to Carolina and won’t play against the Panthers.

That’s a bigger blow to the Giants than any of the players they had already listed out, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, offensive lineman David Diehl, receiver Domenik Hixon and defensive end Adewale Ojomo. Nicks is, along with teammate Victor Cruz, tied for the NFL lead in receiving yards, with 237 so far this season.

It’s also a tough blow for Nicks, who was born and raised in Charlotte and played his college football at North Carolina and was preparing to play the first regular-season game at Carolina of his NFL career.

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41 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks out for Giants at Carolina”
  1. jhein23 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    NYG will be an 8-8 team this season.

  2. southcakpanther says: Sep 19, 2012 4:05 PM

    Thursday night football. Guys have no time to recover.

  3. cooklynn17 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:06 PM

    This is bad news to say the least. Get well brother, we need you.

  4. lilrob10201 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:06 PM

    Nicks can be an elite WR in the NFL if he can stay healthy.

  5. natelan69 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:09 PM

    Good news for Cruz fantasy owners.

  6. canesgiants says: Sep 19, 2012 4:12 PM

    he was hurting on sunday–tough to make it back 3 days later when he probably isnt completely healthy to begin wtih.

  7. pappert says: Sep 19, 2012 4:12 PM

    Victor Cruz you are on my fantasy team. Time for Another big Week.

    Plus I got Andre Brown.. hmm maybe he’ll get a start in the flex.

  8. bigblue5611 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    Huge blow for the Giants. Nicks and Cruz are unstoppable. Giants are already so banged up and it’s only week 3.

  9. blacknole08 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    Panthers are playing their third game in 11 days. There should be no excuses when we beat the Giants Thursday.

  10. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Sep 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    Kinda wish he would have been out against us(Bucs) lol

  11. rdawg911 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:19 PM

    Carolina looks to have the advantage in this one..

  12. bigbluenationdb says: Sep 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    Thursday night games suck. Godell keeps talking about player safety but now he wants these guys to go out and play 4 days after taking a physical beating on Sunday.

    I am glad the Giants get their Thursday night game out of the way early this year insteady of playing it in week 9 or 10 when guys are really beat up.

    Sucks for Nicks. It was going to be a homecoming for him.

  13. bobonmycob says: Sep 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    Carolina is going to stomp on New York. Can’t wait to see the Giants excuse after this one.

  14. tombradyswig says: Sep 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    Thursday night football, LOVE IT!!!!!!!

  15. contrarianjon says: Sep 19, 2012 4:28 PM

    The numerous outs for giants proves how rough this game is on the human body and critical ample recovery time is?

  16. giantsfan2104 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:29 PM

    Let me remind the haters, that the Giants went into Foxborough and beat the Pats without Nicks, Bradshaw, and half of the D-line.

    They still have a shot.

  17. kantnockdahustle89 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:32 PM

    What does that mean for other Giants WRs? Is Ruben Randle going to play now?

  18. pb420 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:54 PM

    Look for the possible emergence of Ramses Barden as the season goes on. Looked impressive in preseason, perfect slot WR build. The play from the Bucs has proven to be a lot more physical this year. Love it!!

  19. riverace19 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:54 PM

    This is purely the G men thinking long term… you can’t tell me a guy who hauled in 199 the week before couldn’t go if it was the playoffs…
    He will be back week 4.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:00 PM

    Too much overreaction here. Just like someone else pointed out (and immediately came to mind for me), the Giants beat a much better Patriots team under the exact same circumstances last year. There will be plays available to be made against that sieve of a back seven for Carolina in the passing game.

  21. southcakpanther says: Sep 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    I know as a Panther fan, I’m still not optimistic on this one. That Giant d-line is beast mode and as long as they have Eli throwing the rock, they are a hard team to beat. Also we are a young team that is getting a taste of prime time football for the first time in a few years. Should be a good game. Too bad Hakeem will miss his homecoming.

  22. cooklynn17 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    jhein23 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    NYG will be an 8-8 team this season.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sure, and last year there was no way they would beat the 15 and 1 Pack, then go to SF and beat that great defense. Then of course they were going to lose to the Pats because they have the best coach and QB ever.

    End result. Another Vince Lombardi trophy. Give it a rest, talk is cheap…play the game.

    The Giants are a team every opponent will have to deal with and it will be no picnic.

  23. mp4philly says: Sep 19, 2012 5:04 PM

    When isn’t Nicks hurt?

  24. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:06 PM

    JUST. NOT. NEEDED.

    Still gonna win 10 games and the division jhein23, goodness, find a hobby or get a job. The senseless comment stalking everything Giants is tired.

  25. gpete1962 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:07 PM

    jhein23 says:
    Sep 19, 2012 4:04 PM
    NYG will be an 8-8 team this season.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And still win the Division!!!!!

  26. danishgmenfan says: Sep 19, 2012 5:08 PM

    With both Nicks and Hixon out, Ramses and RR needs to step up in Charlotte.

  27. gcsuk says: Sep 19, 2012 5:09 PM

    bobonmycob says: Sep 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    Carolina is going to stomp on New York. Can’t wait to see the Giants excuse after this one.
    ———————————————————————–No excuses. But no need to be a d-bag about it. Can’t just say “Too bad. Always want to play the other team at full strength. That’s the REAL measuring stick for how good my team is playing.”

    Too bad about the O-Line injuries for Carolina. Always want to play the other team at full strength (see, how hard was that?).

    Good luck, may the better team win.

  28. kev86 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:17 PM

    Dont sleep on Jernigan. Hasnt dressed the first two weeks. Little fast guy that could get a few looks.

    Eli and G-Men will need to rely on Barden and Randle to replace Nicks.

    Cruz will be doubled and more targets for Bennett at TE.

    Maybe “kinda in the doghouse” rook Wilson hits a home run while Brown grinds out the yardage in the backfield.

    Dont count the champs out of this game before it starts.

    GO BLUE!

  29. Giantspunk213 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:18 PM

    Time for Ramses Barden to show what a weapon he can be in the passing game and especially in the red zone.

  30. pilot2011 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:18 PM

    So Victor Cruz will likely face Chris Gamble and Barden will be facing rookie Josh Norman.

    Andre Brown, (who is also playing in a homecoming of sorts since he played ball in Raleigh at NC State) will need to have a big game because Chris Gamble has been one of the most under rated corners in the league for years now, and I just don’t see Cruz having a monster game in that matchup.

    Panthers win this one 31-24.

  31. linvillegorge says: Sep 19, 2012 5:43 PM

    As a huge Panthers fan who is also a huge UNC fan, I’m glad that Nicks won’t be out there tearing up my Panthers’ secondary, but I hope he gets back out there ASAP afterwards.

  32. pb420 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:44 PM

    Also remember a game from last season(?) or perhaps the season prior where NY played away @ Houston, with the starting center out and a few other injuries. I picked them to lose in a survivor pool b/c of the injuries. It had no effect, as the NYG had a dominating win. And I’m no fan of NY, just goes to show that anything can happen in this league, and hoping that it’ll be a good game.

  33. nygdriveforfive says: Sep 19, 2012 5:44 PM

    I would rather have Nicks healthy for philly next week then risk injury this week. Ramses my man, STEP UP! Randle will be ready to. Bennett should get even more looks as well.

  34. greymares says: Sep 19, 2012 5:51 PM

    makes for a 10 day lead to the Eagle game

  35. kev86 says: Sep 19, 2012 6:56 PM

    What’s Plax doing tomorrow night?

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 19, 2012 7:17 PM

    lmao@”excuses”. When do Giants ever make them to begin with?

  37. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 19, 2012 7:24 PM

    You know why Nicks is out for the Carolina game? Because hes on my fantasy team. If he wasnt, he would be fine.

  38. giantsfan2104 says: Sep 19, 2012 7:29 PM

    kev86 says:
    Sep 19, 2012 6:56 PM
    What’s Plax doing tomorrow night?
    ==================================

    No.

  39. goodguyattorney says: Sep 19, 2012 9:59 PM

    Bummer. I have watched Nicks play at Independence HS in Charlotte and, even as a Panthers fan, I was looking forward to seeing his return. He was probably going to get a very warm welcome as a visitor – and he deserves it.

  40. hatersweargreen says: Sep 19, 2012 11:55 PM

    natelan69 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:09 PM

    Good news for Cruz fantasy owners.
    ——————-

    no it’s terriible news for VC fans/ fantasy owners! they’re gonna double the heck out of him.

    however if martellus bennett is out there in waivers….

    (grin)

    either way i do love the carolina football team but i hope my giants can pull it out. and godspeed to the wounded Gmen (and all the hurt ones on other teams too naturally)

  41. bigbluelou says: Sep 20, 2012 2:55 PM

    Better to keep him out now and have him back for the Eagles game on the 30th (yet another night game) Jints have tough sked we know. They can only play one game at a time. The front four need to step up tonight. Eli will be fine maybe the running game gets going with Andre Brown as he’s hungry and in his hometown. We’ll see. GO BLUE!

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