Hakeem Nicks out for Giants at Carolina

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Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks isn’t making the trip to Carolina.

Just hours after the Giants listed Nicks as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers with a foot injury, the team announced that Nicks is not on the team flight to Carolina and won’t play against the Panthers.

That’s a bigger blow to the Giants than any of the players they had already listed out, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, offensive lineman David Diehl, receiver Domenik Hixon and defensive end Adewale Ojomo. Nicks is, along with teammate Victor Cruz, tied for the NFL lead in receiving yards, with 237 so far this season.

It’s also a tough blow for Nicks, who was born and raised in Charlotte and played his college football at North Carolina and was preparing to play the first regular-season game at Carolina of his NFL career.

41 responses to “Hakeem Nicks out for Giants at Carolina

  1. Huge blow for the Giants. Nicks and Cruz are unstoppable. Giants are already so banged up and it’s only week 3.

  2. Thursday night games suck. Godell keeps talking about player safety but now he wants these guys to go out and play 4 days after taking a physical beating on Sunday.

    I am glad the Giants get their Thursday night game out of the way early this year insteady of playing it in week 9 or 10 when guys are really beat up.

    Sucks for Nicks. It was going to be a homecoming for him.

  3. Look for the possible emergence of Ramses Barden as the season goes on. Looked impressive in preseason, perfect slot WR build. The play from the Bucs has proven to be a lot more physical this year. Love it!!

  4. This is purely the G men thinking long term… you can’t tell me a guy who hauled in 199 the week before couldn’t go if it was the playoffs…
    He will be back week 4.

  5. Too much overreaction here. Just like someone else pointed out (and immediately came to mind for me), the Giants beat a much better Patriots team under the exact same circumstances last year. There will be plays available to be made against that sieve of a back seven for Carolina in the passing game.

  6. I know as a Panther fan, I’m still not optimistic on this one. That Giant d-line is beast mode and as long as they have Eli throwing the rock, they are a hard team to beat. Also we are a young team that is getting a taste of prime time football for the first time in a few years. Should be a good game. Too bad Hakeem will miss his homecoming.

  7. jhein23 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    NYG will be an 8-8 team this season.
    Sure, and last year there was no way they would beat the 15 and 1 Pack, then go to SF and beat that great defense. Then of course they were going to lose to the Pats because they have the best coach and QB ever.

    End result. Another Vince Lombardi trophy. Give it a rest, talk is cheap…play the game.

    The Giants are a team every opponent will have to deal with and it will be no picnic.

  8. jhein23 says:
    Sep 19, 2012 4:04 PM
    NYG will be an 8-8 team this season.

    And still win the Division!!!!!

  9. bobonmycob says: Sep 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    Carolina is going to stomp on New York. Can’t wait to see the Giants excuse after this one.
    ———————————————————————–No excuses. But no need to be a d-bag about it. Can’t just say “Too bad. Always want to play the other team at full strength. That’s the REAL measuring stick for how good my team is playing.”

    Too bad about the O-Line injuries for Carolina. Always want to play the other team at full strength (see, how hard was that?).

    Good luck, may the better team win.

  10. Dont sleep on Jernigan. Hasnt dressed the first two weeks. Little fast guy that could get a few looks.

    Eli and G-Men will need to rely on Barden and Randle to replace Nicks.

    Cruz will be doubled and more targets for Bennett at TE.

    Maybe “kinda in the doghouse” rook Wilson hits a home run while Brown grinds out the yardage in the backfield.

    Dont count the champs out of this game before it starts.

    GO BLUE!

  11. Time for Ramses Barden to show what a weapon he can be in the passing game and especially in the red zone.

  12. So Victor Cruz will likely face Chris Gamble and Barden will be facing rookie Josh Norman.

    Andre Brown, (who is also playing in a homecoming of sorts since he played ball in Raleigh at NC State) will need to have a big game because Chris Gamble has been one of the most under rated corners in the league for years now, and I just don’t see Cruz having a monster game in that matchup.

    Panthers win this one 31-24.

  13. As a huge Panthers fan who is also a huge UNC fan, I’m glad that Nicks won’t be out there tearing up my Panthers’ secondary, but I hope he gets back out there ASAP afterwards.

  14. Also remember a game from last season(?) or perhaps the season prior where NY played away @ Houston, with the starting center out and a few other injuries. I picked them to lose in a survivor pool b/c of the injuries. It had no effect, as the NYG had a dominating win. And I’m no fan of NY, just goes to show that anything can happen in this league, and hoping that it’ll be a good game.

  15. Bummer. I have watched Nicks play at Independence HS in Charlotte and, even as a Panthers fan, I was looking forward to seeing his return. He was probably going to get a very warm welcome as a visitor – and he deserves it.

  16. natelan69 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:09 PM

    Good news for Cruz fantasy owners.

    no it’s terriible news for VC fans/ fantasy owners! they’re gonna double the heck out of him.

    however if martellus bennett is out there in waivers….


    either way i do love the carolina football team but i hope my giants can pull it out. and godspeed to the wounded Gmen (and all the hurt ones on other teams too naturally)

  17. Better to keep him out now and have him back for the Eagles game on the 30th (yet another night game) Jints have tough sked we know. They can only play one game at a time. The front four need to step up tonight. Eli will be fine maybe the running game gets going with Andre Brown as he’s hungry and in his hometown. We’ll see. GO BLUE!

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