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.