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Hakeem Nicks: “My career counts” on being healthy this season

New York Giants Hakeem Nicks avoids tackle by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ahmad Black after catching pass to set up Giants winning touchdown in NFL game in East Rutherford Reuters

The Giants expect to have a key part of their offense back at practice on Tuesday.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been sidelined by a groin injury, an absence that has frustrated coach Tom Coughlin after watching Nicks struggle through injuries that sapped him of some of his productivity last season. Nicks, who also skipped the team’s voluntary workouts in the spring, said Monday that he plans on returning to practice on Tuesday and hopes to play in Saturday’s preseason opener, but the impending free agent also explained why he’s prioritizing staying healthy.

“It’s important,” Nicks said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. “My career counts on it, this season counts on it. The offense, just being what I am to the team, I think it is going to make a big difference.”

Staying healthy for all 16 games for the first time in his career would go a long way toward landing Nicks the kind of long-term contract he wants from the Giants or another team, but wanting to be as healthy as possible for the regular season isn’t just something that benefits him. The Giants missed Nicks’ big play ability on the outside last season and its return would be a major boon to their playoff chances this time around.

A healthy Nicks would be a win-win, now the Giants and the receiver just need to work together to make sure they have one.

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9 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks: “My career counts” on being healthy this season”
  1. censoredagain says: Aug 6, 2013 8:49 AM

    Nicks is an outstanding WR, but like so many before him, injuries keep bringing him down. Sadly, theres really nothing that can be done about it. Some players simply break down faster than others.

  2. ken2016 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:13 AM

    Truth be told, if it wasnt for all his injuries he would be in the top 5 wr’s talk! And again, truth be told, even if he has a great season and win superbowl m.v.p. the G.I.ants will not sign him long term! I’ve been a true blue fan long enough to know they dont operate that way. Win big but pay cheap! Buisness.

  3. louishatchett says: Aug 6, 2013 9:25 AM

    So very true about the Gmen, we dont really pay people to be such a huge market!!!
    disappointing at times but a great business model!!!

  4. adantsa says: Aug 6, 2013 9:36 AM

    Well, there is SOMETHING you could do about it. Say, show up for all team workouts? Volunteer or otherwise?

  5. kd75 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:48 AM

    I think that picture shows why his groin is injured…

  6. justinstuckrule says: Aug 6, 2013 11:04 AM

    I rant too much about “haters” and complain when other people criticize the Giants and their players. I’m sorry. Nicks used to be really good but injuries have taken their toll. If he can play 8 games this year that would be awesome but there’s a good chance he’ll only play 2 or 3.

  7. n0hopeleft says: Aug 6, 2013 12:20 PM

    There isnt a single DB in the NFC East that can lock #88 down when he’s healthy.

  8. footballchic777 says: Aug 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    Yeah, it would seem whomever would sign you next would like to see that you can stay healthy for ANY extended period of time!

  9. fdugrad says: Aug 6, 2013 3:16 PM

    Well, Hicks certainly has a magnificent grasp of the obvious.

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