Hakeem Nicks Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Week 4 Status and Fantasy Value

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 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 was a scratch for the New York Giants in their Week 3 victory over the Carolina Panthers, but he should be healthy in time for their impending matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, the wide receiver feels he will be able to return for the Week 4 contest. Nicks “definitely” thinks he will suit up on Sunday for the NFC East showdown and says his “body is feeling good right about now.”


UPDATE: Saturday, September 29 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The New York Giants will be without star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks when they play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. 

CBS Sports reported via Twitter that the wideout will not make the trip to Philly. 

Hakeem Nicks has been downgraded to "out" and will not travel to Philadelphia. #NYG #Eagles

— Giants RapidReports (@CBSGiants) September 29, 2012

Fantasy owners holding on to the slight hope that Nicks would play can now remove him from their lineups. 

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UPDATE: Friday, September 28 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Although Hakeem Nicks has been practicing during the week, he is now being listed as doubtful for the upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The New York Giants official Twitter account released the information.


Diehl, Rivers, Hosley are OUT - Hakeem Nicks is listed as doubtful

— New York Giants (@Giants) September 28, 2012


Nicks missed the team's previous contest against the Carolina Panthers with a foot injury. However, the 10-day layoff between games figured to be beneficial for the receiver's recovery. Apparently, that is not enough.

Fantasy owners should attempt to acquire Ramses Barden, who caught nine passes for 138 yards against the Panthers in Week 3. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, September 27 at 12:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Giants fans—Hakeem Nicks practiced on Thursday, another positive sign than he'll be good to go against the Eagles.

From Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger:

Nicks (foot), Bradshaw (neck), Webster (hand), Coe (hamstring), Hixon (concussion) and Ojomo (hamstring) are working. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) September 27, 2012

Fantasy owners, go ahead and get him back in your starting lineup. Nicks should be a big factor on Sunday night.

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The wideout told Tom Rock of Newsday that, had the Giants' last game been on a Sunday instead of Thursday, he felt he could have played.

The wear and tear on his foot, stemming from the Week 2 come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was just too concerning for the coaching staff to allow him to go on such short rest.

If Nicks suits up, fantasy owners should err on the side of caution in regards to expecting standard numbers from the elite WR.

The Philadelphia secondary has been pretty solid in 2012. The team has given up an average of just 172.7 yards per game through the air (No. 3 in the NFL) and allowed just three touchdowns compared to five interceptions.

Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are the team's top two corners, and should help them keep Nicks and Victor Cruz under control for the duration of the contest.

Nicks was held to just six receptions for 95 yards and no scores in his two meetings with Philadelphia last year.

Expect Big Blue to pound the rock in this matchup, as airing it out is not the best strategy to beat Philly.

While Nicks will be back in action, be cautious of using him in fantasy, as shutdown corner Asomugha will likely be shadowing him for the majority of the Sunday night battle.