The Giants announced that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks’ recovery would last 12 weeks after he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during Thursday’s OTA practice. But that might be an optimistic timetable.
Appearing on NFL Network later in the day, coach Tom Coughlin suggested Nicks will be in a race to play on opening night against the Dallas Cowboys.
“Well it’s probably gonna be close,” Coughlin acknowledged. “Hopefully, he will. [Nicks] feels confident about it. The doctors have expressed it as being something that they think will heal very, very well. … If it takes the full three months, you’re gonna be sitting right up next to that opening game. And we certainly hope that Hakeem is correct in saying he heals fast.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter explained on NFL Live Thursday that the Giants won’t have an accurate timetable for Nicks’ return until he undergoes surgery on Friday. Rookie Rueben Randle will have to get up to speed quick.