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Hakeem Nicks returns to the practice field

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The Giants have played their last three games without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, a streak which might have a chance at coming to an end with the news that Nicks has returned to practice on Thursday.

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Nicks took part in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. It’s the first time that Nicks has been at practice since the week before the Week Four game with the Eagles, when he practiced on Thursday and then was ruled out of the game because of a knee injury he suffered during the Week Two win over the Buccaneers.

That history provides a good reminder that getting back to practice is only half the battle for Nicks. It will be just as important to see how his knee and foot, which Nicks had surgery on this offseason after breaking a bone, respond to an increased workload. His knee swelled after that last practice, forcing him to concentrate on rehab only for the last two weeks.

Linebacker Chase Blackburn, tight end Martellus Bennett and cornerback Corey Webster also practiced on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session, although, like Nicks, we won’t know their participation level until the team releases its practice report. Having all four players in the lineup for this week’s matchup with the 49ers would be a very good thing for the Giants’ chances of improving to 4-2 on the year.

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16 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks returns to the practice field”
  1. njgiant1982 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:06 PM

    Things are getting interesting! Shaping up to be game of the season for the Giants.

  2. miguelc2012 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:16 PM

    Its about time, my fantasy team is hurting, cause of Nicks and Greg Gennings. Come on guys, suck it up…

  3. tombradyswig says: Oct 11, 2012 1:25 PM

    they’ll still lose!!

  4. mikea311 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:38 PM

    All the Giants need is the real MVP of the last 4 years, Eli.

  5. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:41 PM

    It’s not gonna help, Niners are still pissed about last year and the Giants are basically still a 9-7 team. I suspect it won’t even be close, 9ers by 17

  6. gcsuk says: Oct 11, 2012 1:50 PM

    miguelc2012 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:16 PM

    Its about time, my fantasy team is hurting, cause of Nicks and Greg Gennings. Come on guys, suck it up…
    ——————————————————————-

    Guess who cares?

    Nobody. Especially if you don’t even know the name of the WR who’s hurting your fantasy team. Who exactly is Greg “Gennings”?

  7. baloneyjohn says: Oct 11, 2012 2:01 PM

    I want him to play. I have Cruz as a FF player and it will help Cruz with coverage.

  8. bgsusteelers says: Oct 11, 2012 2:29 PM

    Oh lucky him. Just in time to play the most physically dominating team in football. The Giants are good, but the Niners keep ice bath manufacturers in business.

  9. ekrueger2012 says: Oct 11, 2012 3:57 PM

    The so-called most physically dominating team in football hasnt beat a team with a winning record this year… look for that string to remain intact this Sunday

  10. discosucs2005 says: Oct 11, 2012 4:56 PM

    “The so-called most physically dominating team in football hasnt beat a team with a winning record this year… look for that string to remain intact this Sunday”

    Idk which team you’re talking about but I don’t think either team has beat a team above .500.

  11. cooklynn17 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:05 PM

    Nicks is All In…

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:19 PM

    discosucs2005 says: Oct 11, 2012 4:56 PM

    “The so-called most physically dominating team in football hasnt beat a team with a winning record this year… look for that string to remain intact this Sunday”

    Idk which team you’re talking about but I don’t think either team has beat a team above .500.
    ————–

    Yes you do. Don’t play dumb.

    Or is that your standard role?

  13. joeyd524 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:20 PM

    There fake tough,give it right back to them NFC east style and they’ll crumble,just like last year..

    Gints 23
    Niners 18

  14. discosucs2005 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:28 PM

    Cute line.

    But we are all clear that neither team has played an opponent over .500 and ekrueger2012 and the 15 people that liked his post are all living in a fan based dream world?

  15. hawks49 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:43 PM

    @discosucs2005

    But we are all clear that neither team has played an opponent over .500 and ekrueger2012 and the 15 people that liked his post are all living in a fan based dream world?
    —————-
    Yeah… when you beat a team 4-5 games in the season odds are they won’t be above .500 any more.

    49ers wins
    GB 0-0
    Lions 1-0
    Jets 2-1
    Bills 2-2

    They just had a losing record after the whoopins

  16. bkostela says: Oct 11, 2012 9:54 PM

    hawks49 says:
    Oct 11, 2012 6:43 PM
    @discosucs2005

    But we are all clear that neither team has played an opponent over .500 and ekrueger2012 and the 15 people that liked his post are all living in a fan based dream world?
    —————-
    Yeah… when you beat a team 4-5 games in the season odds are they won’t be above .500 any more.

    49ers wins
    GB 0-0
    Lions 1-0
    Jets 2-1
    Bills 2-2

    They just had a losing record after the whoopins

    ———–

    uh, ok?

    by that logic the niners got a whoopin’ from an average 1-1 vikings team that was just coming off a loss to the colts.

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