The 2012 NFL regular season has not been kind to New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. In fact, things have not been going well for the self-proclaimed "fast healer" since he fractured the 5th metatarsal in his right foot back in mid-May. And after experiencing swelling in his knee following a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it doesn't look like week 10 is going to be any easier for him.
"Hakeem is out there battling when a lot of guys would shut it down and conserve themselves or protect themselves," said teammate Domenik Hixon,. "He's out there playing for us. We appreciate that. He's nicked up, but he's doing everything he can to be out there."
Head coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged that this second round of swelling was a setback, but wouldn't rule out Nicks playing this week. And when asked how he was going, #88 gave the game answer he always gives: "I'm good."
Only, he's not good. It's obvious that Nicks is far from 100% and playing in constant pain. He's already missed three games this season, and in the last four contests has only 13 receptions for 153 yards. To top it off, he's reached the endzone only once this year.
"We are going to rest him," Coughlin said of Nicks practicing this week.
There is a very strong probability that with the bye week right around the corner, New York may opt to sit Nicks out on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. That will give him two full weeks to recover before the Giants dive into a brutal and extremely important six game stretch to end their season.
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