The Giants aren’t sure whether they’re going to have wide receiver Hakeem Nicks back in the lineup this week and now there’s a question mark next to the status of one of the guys who has put up good numbers filling in for him the last two weeks.
Coach Tom Coughlin announced Wednesday that Ramses Barden suffered a concussion in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Eagles. Coughlin said that Barden took a blow to the head during one of the final plays of the game, perhaps the one that saw him flagged for offensive pass interference. If so, that would add to the pain of a play that pushed the Giants back 10 yards before kicker Lawrence Tynes‘ 54-yard game-winning field goal attempt fell short.
“He complained of a headache and asked if he could be evaluated,” Coughlin said, via the team. “They sent him for the evaluation yesterday. I think a lot of the symptoms were okay, but there was enough there to slow him down. He is on the (concussion) protocol.”
Coughlin also said that he didn’t know whether or not Nicks would be able to practice. He isn’t practicing on Wednesdays at all this season, so the team will have to wait a day to see how his knee has responded to his extended time on the shelf.
Barden had nine catches and 138 yards to help the Giants rout the Panthers in Week Three and Domenik Hixon caught six balls for 114 yards on Sunday night, numbers that give life to Coughlin’s “Next Man Up” mantra in the face of injuries. If Barden and Nicks don’t improve quickly, it will be put into effect against the Browns in Week Five.