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Nicks’ knee, not foot, the bigger concern for Giants

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Back when the Giants were only worried about Hakeem Nicks’ broken foot, things were simple.

They’d wait for the bone to heal, he’d be better, and they’d proceed.

But it’s a knee problem that concerns them now, when the wide receiver experienced swelling after running for the first time in a week. It’s cost him two straight games, and his status for this week is uncertain.

I won’t know until I see what happens, where he’s at as we go forward here and analyze him and the doctors get their hands on him again and he communicates with them,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Asked if Nicks’ knee was improving, Coughlin said: “Not that I know of.”

When he was asked his level of concern about his wide receiver’s health, Coughlin replied: “How much concern can I show you?”

The Giants backup receivers have taken turns stepping up in his absence, with Ramses Barden turning it up against the Panthers and Domenik Hixon against the Eagles Sunday.

But the fact a crucial late-game pass interference call was on Barden (and not a more experienced player) only underscores how much they need Nicks back.

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13 Responses to “Nicks’ knee, not foot, the bigger concern for Giants”
  1. gcsuk says: Oct 2, 2012 9:05 AM

    A bigger concern for the Giants is STILL the Secondary. The loss of Kenny Phillips only exacerbates that situation. I could deal with the Nicks injury if it meant Phillips was back. Giants just have more options on offense.

    That being said, no excuses. Hixon and Barden (for the most part) played well against Philly. Next man up!

  2. txxxchief says: Oct 2, 2012 9:13 AM

    Over at the Jets facility, they are worrying more about the foot.

  3. tombradyswig says: Oct 2, 2012 9:20 AM

    breaking news…. nicks is oft injured

  4. lowellrikert71 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:43 AM

    I can’t believe the Giants loss to a team that Florio stated was “arguably the worst 2-1 team in years”

  5. dbones750 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:03 AM

    Barden was drafted the same year as Nicks. Same amount of NFL experience.

  6. cmb79 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    It’s getting to the point where I’m starting to worry about his long-term viability because he can’t stay healthy. It’s always something.

  7. cowboyhater says: Oct 2, 2012 10:37 AM

    Get over it. Every team has injuries, and issues. Not sure why it becomes more of an issue for the Giants. I guess this is way to cry about another mediocre season. Karma Mara, Karma

  8. jsebastiao says: Oct 2, 2012 10:49 AM

    I think they can afford too keep Hakeem out until he fully heals because we have good depth at WR position and with Eli leading them we can mange!

  9. mazblast says: Oct 2, 2012 11:27 AM

    Not sure why it becomes more of an issue for the Giants.
    ——————————–
    Because they’re the defending Super Bowl champions, and because they’re a New York team.

  10. jmota222 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    @cowboyhater what karma are you referring too?? The giants do everything by the book!!!! You must be a sore eagle or pats fan cause that makes zero sense….. Smh

  11. situsavaisprier says: Oct 2, 2012 4:41 PM

    For the people that keep saying “all teams have injuries”. That is true, but not everyone has the same amount of injuries or the same types of injuries.

    CB Terrell Thomas once again was IRed with an ACL injury. Prince Amukamara played his 2nd game removed from his high ankle sprain. Michael Coe has had hamtring problems and so has rookie Jayron Hosley. Rolle played with that knee laceration and is getting back to full strength. Phillips as everyone saw sprained his MCL on that McCoy run. Now there’s Nicks still out, David Diehl as well.

    That being said injuries or no injuries, Giants need to play better and be more aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. That is on Perry Fewell as he loves off coverage and his 3 man lines. Then there are no shows like Justin Tuck who has been invisible except for Subway commercials.

    Eagles are on top of the division, but it is wide open. Anyone can take it, as it is the mos wide open it has been in a while. We shall have a clearer picture further along in the year.

  12. salventuri says: Oct 2, 2012 4:47 PM

    Nicks does seem injury prone, sort of like Amukamara. Only difference is Nicks is a great player.

    Regardless, with that weak secondary, the Giants have much bigger problems than Hakeem’s knee, foot, whatever. I think they could win without him but not with second and third tier coverage guys.

  13. justanotherdummy says: Oct 2, 2012 5:01 PM

    I wouldn’t say the offensive PI called on Barden had anything to do with experience. It was actually a good move by him. If he doesn’t mug the cb, Nnamdi had great position and was going to catch the ball,then it would have been game over. The pass interference hurt, but it still gave them a chance to attempt a long field goal.

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