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New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Fractures 5th Metatarsal, Out 12 Weeks

May 24th, 2012 at 3:37 PM
By Dan Benton

It wouldn't be New York Giants football without tremendously horrible injury news, and for the second consecutive day, the team got exactly that. The club announced via Twitter that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured the 5th metatarsal of his right foot and will be out approximately 12 weeks.

'Eli Manning Warms Up with Hakeem Nicks' photo (c) 2011, Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View) - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Nicks will undergo surgery on Friday to have a screw inserted in his foot, and a 12 week timetable means Nicks could return sometimes around mid-August, giving him approximately three weeks to prepare for the regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

The surgery will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC.

"I had same fracture w the Rams. 12 wks is a fair rehab time. A lot of work in the pool until the bone heals," former NFL player Matt Bowen tweeted.

The injury occurred while Nicks was running a route during individual drills at the TIMEX Performance Center. Similarly, Brian Witherspoon -who has now been waived/injured- tore his ACL during individual drills.

The team has already seen Witherspoon (ACL), Martellus Bennett (hamstring), Antwaun Molden (hamstring) and Nicks (foot) go down with injuries. Two days in and the mantra "next man up" has returned.

Nicks caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago. He was recently ranked #90 on the NFL's Top 100 List.

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43 Responses to “New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Fractures 5th Metatarsal, Out 12 Weeks”

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  1.  Levito says:

    Sweet!

    Seriously though, better now than in August. He’ll at least have time to recover, and hopefully stays in football shape during that time. Upside would be that Jernigan and Randle get more playing time in camp and pre-season.

  2.  ERICHONIUS says:

    Who wants to bet that we will lead the league in injuries?… just like every other year since Coughlin became coach

    •  G-MenFan says:

      We also lead the league in Super Bowl Championships “since Coughlin became coach”, with 2, tied only with Pittsburgh.

  3.  purorock says:

    How on effin’ earth do you break your foot in non-contact drills?
    Something is up with that practice field… or make everyone where slippers… NO CLEATS!!

  4.  norm says:

    LET THE RAMSES BARDEN ERA BEGIN!!!

    •  norm says:

      When Barden is eventually selected for the first of what will be many, many Pro Bowl appearances, we will fondly look back on this as the first official Blessing in DisguiseĀ® of the 2012 season.

  5.  BLU-82 says:

    I don’t know if it’s the field. If it were, shouldn’t these injuries happen commonly during the season too? Seems they occur mostly over the summer. It’s a hell of a pattern. Is the strength and conditioning staff pushing these guys too hard or are the players not pulling their weight to prepare for activities? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just awful luck, but I’m mighty suspicious of the conditioning staff, justified or not.

    •  BLU-82 says:

      But hey, I won’t be all doom and gloom and accusations. If you’re a glass half-full guy, he might just cost less to resign!

  6.  GmenMania says:

    This team in snake-bitten. I maintain that the strength and conditioning staff should be closely looked into; all these injuries aren’t just bad luck.

  7.  Nosh.0 says:

    Norm-
    Your feelings about Andre Brown are the same as mine regarding Barden.

    Ramses Barden stinks. I don’t care how tall he is, he is not an NFL caliber athlete. Certainly not at the WR position. He’s never had the quickness or foot speed to separate from NFL DB’s. Plus he gets injured while not even playing.

    In fact that is my only criticism of Reese. That he doesn’t move on from mistakes more quickly. Sinorice Moss, Travis Beckem, Barden, Sintim……..Sometimes you just got to say “hey I screwed that one up”, and move on to the next guy.

    Jurrnigan, Hixon, Randle, will have to step up.

    And if you really got desperate for a WR, #17 is still without a team. Just sayin.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      Also just as your argument about Brown post Achilles (That he’s shown nothing)

      Thats basically my argument. Post NCAA, Barden hasn’t shown one flash. Not one play where you said to yourself, “Man this kid has some ability”.

      He should move back to Cali and enter the porn biz. He can change his name to Ramses Hard-On.

    •  norm says:

      When the OTA is in its second day

      And Killdrive is mainlining a Mars

      When one piece is not what Nicks’ foot’s in

      Then the tall slow guy becomes a star!

      This is the dawning of the Age of A-ram-ze-us!

      A-ram-ze-us

      A-ram-ze-us

  8.  G-MenFan says:

    In my entire life, and I’m 53, I have never heard of any team in any sport suffer as many devastating injuries to as many players who haven’t done a single stressful thing, as the Giants.
    If it’s not Hixon blowing out his knee returning a simple practice punt in the open field wearing shorts, it’s ‘Spoon running a drill and blowing out his knee, and now Nicks running a route and breaking his foot.

    W.
    T.
    F?

  9.  TuckThis says:

    It’s the curse of claiming you’re a dynasty. The football gods were not amused.

  10.  fanfor55years says:

    This really blows. And I’m not buying 12 weeks. Isn’t this the injury that Amukamara had last year about the same time? He didn’t come back for almost four months and it took him a few games to get his bearings after that.

    I’m not that troubled by Witherspoon because he was depth and we have good alternatives (Hosley and Tryon are, as I’ve been saying from the start, locks as the #4 and #5 corners, and Coe, Bing and Johnson will push them, hard, and would be available if anyone else gets injured), but Nicks’ loss is BIG.

    My view is that Hixon just became a very important player and is certainly guaranteed a roster spot if he stays healthy, and that Jernigan has a decent chance now to make a mark because Cruz probably starts the season on the outside rather than in the slot. And Randle now HAS to come on fast.

    Suddenly, we’re one injury among the wide receivers from having a major problem. If the team can keep itself in the playoff race until December Nicks will be back, fresh, and able to provide a lot of juice to the offense. But first they’ll have to stay competitive without their second-best offensive weapon, leaving Hixon matched up against teams’ SECOND-best corner rather than their third-baest one. That makes a difference.

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