Hakeem Nicks Injury: Updates on NY Giants WR's Foot Injury

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants tries to break the tackle of Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Hakeem Nicks missed the Giants' Week 3 contest against the Carolina Panthers and seems to be making progress.

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 3:12 p.m. EST by Brandon Galvin

Hakeem Nicks anticipates playing Sunday night vs. Philadelphia Eagles, according to NFL Reporter Adam Caplan.

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UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 1:05 p.m. EST by Ben Chodos

The news surrounding Hakeem Nicks' foot injury continues to be positive.

The New York Giants wide receiver told Jorge Castillo of The New Jersey Star-Ledger the following regarding his condition. 

If it was a regular Sunday and it was a normal week, I think I would've been able to go out there and compete. I don't think it was a setback. I think it was more of a cautious situation where it was just too quick of a turnaround on the foot.

This suggests that Nicks will have no problem returning to action for the Giants' Week 4 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:45 a.m. EST by Brandon Galvin

Hakeem Nicks is riding the stationary bike at practice today, according to Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas.

Nicks (foot) and Hixon (concussion) on the bikes. Rivers, Hosley and Coe (hamstrings) working on the side. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) September 24, 2012

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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will not play against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

Nicks had surgery on his foot in the offseason, and the injury appeared to bother him at points during the team’s Week 2 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, the Giants have reported via Twitter that he has been ruled out of the Week 3 matchup.

WR Hakeem Nicks has been downgraded to out and will not play vs. the Panthers. Nicks did not make the trip

— New York Giants (@Giants) September 19, 2012

Despite feeling pain in his foot, Nicks pulled in 10 catches for 199 yards and one touchdown against the Bucs. On Sunday, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com quoted the wide receiver saying, “It's good. It’s pretty much what I expected after a long game, a big game like this.”

Nicks will certainly be missed against the Panthers. He is currently tied with Victor Cruz for the team lead with 237 receiving yards, and both players have caught one touchdown pass.

Nicks has been targeted 21 times and has caught 14 passes, four of which have gone for 20 yards or more.

In 2011, Eli Manning threw to him 133 times, more than any other player on the Giants roster. He caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns, finishing second to Cruz in all three statistical categories.

The 24-year-old has also caught over 75 passes and gained more than 1,000 receiving yards in two straight seasons. He and Cruz are one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL.

Without the four-year veteran out of North Carolina, the Giants passing attack will be significantly less dangerous. 

Check back to this page for updates on Nicks' injury going forward.