Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw says Hakeem Nicks gave 'hint' that he will play Sunday By Jorge Castillo/The Star-Ledger on October 09, 2012 at 2:59 PM, updated October 09, 2012 at 3:53 PM
Hakeem Nicks has missed the Giants' last three games with a combination of ailments. First, there's the pain in his surgically repaired right foot. Later, a knee injury he suffered win Week 2 against the Buccaneers caused swelling when he returned to practice.
Monday, Tom Coughlin said he wasn't ready to answer whether Nicks would practice this week. But at least one teammate believes the star wide receiver will be back in uniform in time for a highly anticipated matchup against the 49ers Sunday in San Francisco.
"I think he'll be here this week," Ahmad Bradshaw said in an interview on ESPN Radio this afternoon. "He seemed to give me a hint that he would be."
Coughlin said Nicks, who has 14 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown in just two games, underwent an MRI on his knee. Coughlin wouldn't elaborate on whether the test revealed any structural damage. One would conclude that it didn’t if Nicks is giving teammates "hints" that he'll play Sunday.
"Hakeem will be back and he'll be 100 percent when he does" come back, Bradshaw said. "He's just being careful and just taking his time. He wants to come back and be that playmaker he's always been with all he can and he doesn't want to come back and be missing game-in, game-out. I think he's just being precautious about it, but I think he'll be fine."
Giants' Hakeem Nicks, David Diehl, Corey Webster listed as questionable for Sunday Jorge Castillo/The Star-Ledger By Jorge Castillo/The Star-Ledger on October 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM, updated October 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM
Hakeem Nicks practiced for the second straight day today and barring a setback between now and Sunday afternoon, is expected to be in uniform against the 49ers after missing the last three games.
Officially, Nicks, who has been hampered with a knee injury and soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, has been ruled questionable for the matchup. The team flies out to San Francisco at noon Saturday, but Tom Coughlin said a decision about whether Nicks plays won't need to be made before takeoff.
Though the news is positive, Nicks has been downgraded to out the day before games twice in the last four weeks.
NY Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks says foot continues to improve heading into showdown with Dallas Cowboys Nicks caught five passes for 53 yards on Sunday, after his first full week of practice, and he said he felt less tentative running his routes and “a little bit more confident” in his ability to run and separate. By Ebenezer Samuel / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 22, 2012, 10:40 PM
Hakeem Nicks showed flashes of his old burst in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins. But Tom Coughlin says the wideout still has a long way to go as he recovers from knee and foot issues that have plagued him throughout this season. “I think he gets a little bit better each week,” Coughlin said Monday. “He’s mentally better. I don’t think he’s always physically able to do the things he wants to do, or we want him to do. But on the whole, he’s OK.”...
Nicks’ possible absence won’t help Giants finish drives By PAUL SCHWARTZ Last Updated: 10:48 AM, November 8, 2012 Posted: 1:15 AM, November 8, 2012
It is not as if the Giants need a GPS or even an old-fashioned road map to find the red zone. They have reached that coveted real estate 38 times this season, matching the Patriots for most trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. When it comes down to pushing through into the end zone, however, it’s been too many barricades and detours, especially lately.
Eli Manning and Co. have managed just one touchdown in each of the past two games, and their work inside the 20-yard line has plummeted as sharply as LIPA’s approval rating. They have reached the red zone six times the past two games and come away with just two touchdowns, dropping their red-zone efficiency to 44.7 percent — 24th in the league.
Up ahead for the Giants on Sunday is a Bengals defense that resembles a swinging door in the red zone, allowing everyone to pass on by. Cincinnati is 30th in the league in red-zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 66.7 percent of offensive trips inside the 20.
“I know they do some all-out blitz [in the red zone], we got one-on-ones, got to win those matchups,’’ said Manning, who has struggled lately even though he doesn’t like calling it a slump.
It is not going to be any easier to reach the end zone without Hakeem Nicks, who has suffered a setback with his knee. No one has declared the wide receiver out for Sunday’s game but, given the way he’s struggled with his foot and knee issues, it doesn’t look promising.
After finally being off the injury report the past few weeks and able to practice, Nicks missed practice and was back on the injury report yesterday and coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks experienced some swelling in the knee after the 24-20 loss to the Steelers. Unlike safety Kenny Phillips — who has been shut down until after the Week 11 bye because of ongoing knee problems — there has been no determination with Nicks.