Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been managing a groin injury this summer, but things have progressed enough for him to get on the field against the Colts this weekend.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that Nicks will be in the lineup when the Giants welcome Indianapolis to MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Coughlin said he expects the starters to play roughly 20 snaps, although it’s unclear whether Nicks would be restricted to fewer snaps given his inactivity during camp.
Nicks was hampered by knee and foot injuries last season that robbed him of the explosiveness he’s used to make plays down the field over the course of his career. Losing that dimension hurt the Giants offense as a whole since it is a very difficult unit to stop when Nicks is playing at full speed.
Should Nicks remain healthy for the majority of the season and put up the kind of numbers he did in 2010 and 2011, it will benefit him as well as the Giants. Nicks is entering the final year of his contract and health issues are the only thing standing in the way of a big contract for 2014 and beyond.