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New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Misses Thursday Practice with Sore Knee

December 6th, 2012 at 12:35 PM
By Dan Benton

Add New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to the list of walking wounded. Again.

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

When Big Blue took the practice field on Thursday afternoon, the veteran wide receiver joined the usual cast of suspects on the stationary bikes due to a sore knee. His absence was worth noting as he had previously been removed from the injury report and participated in practice (see: walkthrough) on Wednesday.

"It's always a concern, but hopefully it will subside& he'll be ready to go," head coach Tom Coughlin said.

In addition to Nicks, running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), tight end Travis Beckum (knee) and safeties Kenny Phillips (knee) and Tyler Sash (hamstring) also sat out of practice.

The good news was that linebacker Jacquian Williams was participating in positional drills and appeared to be moving around without any issues.

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18 Responses to “New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Misses Thursday Practice with Sore Knee”

  1.  Valid says:

    Nicks is a freaking egg.

  2.  Krow says:

    In the off-season we’re going to read that Hakeem Nicks underwent a minor surgical procedure on his knee to repair a torn meniscus.

  3.  Levito says:

    This guy should be rolling around in a wheelchair from Monday through Saturday every week just so he can suit up and play at 80% on Sundays.

  4.  Krow says:

    No, it’s the same thing. They tried to “manage” it instead of fixing it properly. It was a gamble … and we lost.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Same thing Osi went through last year. No way the team MD’s didn’t know the truth. Maybe they took the gamble and convinced thevice the coaching staff.
      But Nicks might have been back in game nine had he had been fixed let’s say from game two or three. Hind sight is always 20/20.

      •  Krow says:

        Of course we’re all speculating, but if it does turn out that he has a torn meniscus then the decision to tough it out instead of fixing it will end up a monumental miscalculation. We won’t really know the answer for a few months.

        Then there’s the KP situation too. He was saying they rehab’d it incorrectly? WTF was that all about?

        Anyway … a friend of mine grew up with a guy who’s now a surgeon in one of the practices that works on a lot of professional athletes. He says that the decision is often not based on the medical data … but on contract considerations. He says that as unbelieveable as it sounds very often the agant has the final say. And he bases it mostly on the financials. So if … say … Nicks had a big incentive due for games played then they’ed put it off.

        •  Krow says:

          What I’m saying is that the decision may not even have been the Giants. They can’t force a player to get an operation.

          •  Levito says:

            Sure, but they can IR a player if they don’t think he can play in his current state.

            I’m not sure what’s better for a player though, to play at 50% or miss a few games and then play well. For the team, missing the games sooner is better, but that obviously didn’t happen. And for a player hitting free agency (KP), offseason surgery is a terrible option, as he might not get better than a 1 year offer. But if he gets the surgery sooner and ends the season strong, he could have already proved he’s good for a longer contract,

          •  rlhjr says:

            That’s deep bro. I guess the team could tell the player he was going to be benched if he didn’t get the required treatment. I now hate agents even more than I did.

            At any rate, I was not going to blame the team. I was thinking maybe the doctors mislead them.

            As for KP he has to deal with arthritis. And that is something that will not go away. I understand this knee is not the same one he went under the knife for, but arthritis flows from joint to joint sooner or later.
            And yeah you are right, we are not doctors. And if we were we would not be familiar with Nicks or KP specific issues. Just guess work. Educated guess work (based on my actual knee problems) but guess work none the less.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    “demo3356 says:
    December 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM
    We are going to have a really hard time matching up with the Redskins moving forward due to our tiny front 7 being a horrible match for what they do. I think we may be one of the smallest front 7?s in the league and what the Redskins due with the zone blocking and read options, we arent built to stop it as currently constituted. Osi and Kiwi are smallish ends and Boley is one of the smallest LB’s in the league as is Williams. Massive 3/4?s like Pittsburg, Baltimore, San Fran, Houston or 4/3?s buit on Strong Line backer play can stop it, but not us. If I was the Giants I’d be looking at a massive DT and a few big backers in the draft or in FA.”

    DEAD SOLID PERFECT, HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD BRO. +100

    •  fanfor55years says:

      We don’t need “a few”. We need ONE really good linebacker who is big enough to help stuff the run and also quick enough to at least “sorta” cover the passing lanes. I’d agree it’s a “few” if we do not keep Rivers, let Osi go, move Kiwi to defensive end in 2013, and lose Will Hill and Kenny Phillips.

      But if we get a stud (it might actually be worth trading up to get one a bit earlier than our pick) and add him to a group that includes Boley, Rivers, Williams, Blackburn, Paysinger and Herzlich we might be okay. If we have two big safeties like KP and Hill in addition (and Rolle may not be big but he’s a tough dude) we’d be more than okay.

      What is absolutely true, though, is that the presence of RGIII in the division means the Giants cannot look at the linebacker position as a low priority any longer.

  6.  kinsho says:

    ….Keith Rivers is nowhere on this injury report??? GTFO of here….

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    We desperately need good safety play against the Saints. They kill teams that don’t have that because they love to run plays into the deep middle of the field and let their receivers compete for the ball. We can count on ‘Trel. Looks like we’ll need Brown, Hill and Sash to step up.

    And the absence of Nicks has been hashed over here of late, but I’m still not sure how much everyone understands that it hurts. He is the guy. Not Cruz, not Bennett, not Hixon, not Bradshaw. It’s Eli and Hakeem. That’s the #1 weapon on this team. Without it we play at a great handicap and have to execute extremely well to beat a good team. We just saw a game in which Nicks played, and produced, but was clearly not right. And because of that we COULD NOT afford to ruin offensive drives with penalties or wind up with bad field position for the same reason. The Giants did NOT execute perfectly, and they lost. If we don’t have Nicks (and especially if we do not have Phillips to boot) they’ll have to do almost everything right to win on Sunday.

    Yeah, if these guys cannot go tomorrow I’m officially worried about this game. And if they cannot come back at anything close to full strength this season I’m more than worried about this season. I consider those two among our 7-8 critical players, and they’re toward the top of that list, not the bottom. We may very well need a big step up from both Will Hill (the most talent behind KP and Rolle, by far) and Reuben Randle, starting Sunday, to avoid seeing the season slip quickly away. I’m philosophical about this, but you ignore the truth at your own peril.

    •  JimStoll says:

      probably time to worry then
      KP almost certainly wont play
      at best Nicks will play at the same health level he has played at to date

      •  Levito says:

        agree with Jim. Can’t see how KP plays. Can’t see how Nicks suddenly doesn’t play like a guy who’s in bad shape. ff55 is right, those are the two difference makers on defense. And you can bet that neither of them will be in good health for the rest of the season.

        The team can win 3 of their next 4, sure. But not unless the rest of the team steps up in Nicks & KPs absence.

  8.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Nicks is a tough cookie. For sure, but he’s fragile. Been saying this since he was drafted.

    Also, As to the discussion about reading about Nicks getting a procedure at the end of the year, i dont doubt it. As my source DID confirm a partial Meniscus tear. Why the team hasn’t let that out is kinda beyond me.

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