Hakeem Nicks Removed from PUP List by New York Giants

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs against Jerod Mayo #51 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Welcome back Hakeem Nicks.

Today, the New York Giants officially removed the 24-year-old receiver from the PUP list, according to the team’s official Twitter feed:

Hakeem Nicks has passed his physical - per league rules regarding players coming off PUP, Nicks will be limited for the first three days

New York Giants (@Giants) August 13, 2012


After breaking his foot in an OTA practice back on May 24, the team believed Nicks’ timetable to return would be roughly 12 weeks. Now 11 weeks and four days later, he’s back.

Mike Garafolo of NJ.com speculates that Nicks will likely stay on the sidelines Saturday against the New York Jets, but assuming there aren’t any setbacks, he should be ready to roll for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

The four-year pro is coming off his best season ever in the NFL.

He played in a career-high 15 games and caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. Nicks then stepped up his game to another level in the postseason when he registered 444 yards and four TDs, including 109 yards in the Super Bowl.

With Mario Manningham all the way on the other side of the country in San Francisco, Nicks will be relied upon more than ever to continue to be the No. 1 option for Eli Manning.

When healthy, there is no question Nicks and Victor Cruz make up one of the best receiving tandems in the league, but the key phrase is “when healthy." The only real knock on Nicks is his inability to stay injury-free. He has yet to play a full 16-game regular season and is a frequent member of the injury report during the season.

But make no mistake about it, the 6’1’’, 210-pounder is one of the premier talents in the sport. Now that he has three weeks to work off the rust in preparation for Week 1, fans should feel ecstatic.

Nicks' latest injury is in the rearview, and he enters the new season with extremely high expectations.