New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did not participate in practice yesterday, and it was initially reported that he was suffering from an injured knee. We now know that Nicks has a groin ailment, but it is very minor. Nicks was likely held out of yesterday’s practice as a simple precaution, and the injury-prone wide receiver could certainly use the rest. It’s been a disappointing season thus far for Nicks, who has been quite inconsistent in a contract year. The Giants are currently on a four-game winning streak and are back in the hunt for the division crown (largely thanks to a very weak division), but they will need Nicks to step up in order to make the playoffs.
This week’s contest against the Dallas Cowboys is a big one for the Giants, because it has massive playoff ramifications for this squad. Nicks will need to be healthy and effective in this one, even if Victor Cruz has emerged as the clear-cut, no-doubt No. 1 option in the Giants passing attack.
According to the New York Daily News’s Ebenezer Samuel, Hakeem Nicks has, as expected, returned to practice today for the Giants. That makes him a lock to play in this week’s game against the Cowboys and hopefully Nicks can finally shake off the inconsistency and disappointment that has plagued him this season. While the Giants were wise to hold onto Nicks at the deadline thanks to their ability to compete for a playoff spot (give them huge credit for prudently not throwing in the towel), Nicks hasn’t bounced-back- as they hoped- yet. We’ll see if that changes, but at least Nicks has produced at some level (62 receiving yards per game isn’t terrible by any means).