The Giants have been waiting most of the season for wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to get back to full health and resume his role as one of the more productive receivers in the NFL.
The wait has been a frustrating one and it might have hit another snag on Thursday. Nicks did not practice as a result of knee soreness, something that has been bothering him most of the season. It’s contributed to his absence from three games and been part of the reason why he’s been a less potent weapon than anticipated this season.
“It’s always a concern,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “But hopefully it will subside and he’ll be ready to go.”
Nicks has played in the last seven games despite not being 100 percent so he certainly is still in play for this weekend. Given how little he’s been able to give the team in some of those seven games, however, it isn’t a great sign for the Giants offense that his knee has flared up again.
Safety Kenny Phillips also missed practice Thursday because of a sore knee. Phillips returned from an MCL sprain in Week 12 against the Packers, aggravated the injury and played only 20 snaps last week against Washington. He also missed practice on Wednesday, so he may be a game-time decision again this week.