New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has missed two consecutive games with a foot and a knee injury, and his ability to return for the team’s Week 6 showdown with the San Francisco 49ers remains in doubt.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3:11 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Hakeem Nicks is active for the New York Giants' game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday according to ESPN.com.
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UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11:46 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Only three New York Giants players will not travel with the team to San Francisco this weekend according to the team's official Twitter account:
The New York Post's Paul Schwartz also reports via Twitter that Hakeem Nicks is on the flight to San Francisco and should be expected to play vs. the 49ers:
Hakeem Nicks IS on flight to San Francisco. Look for him to play vs. Niners. #NYG— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) October 13, 2012
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UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 12 at 12:05 p.m. ET by Mike Shiekman
More good news about Nicks from the Giants. Jenny Vrentas of the Star Ledger has tweeted that Nicks has been catching passes and taking part in their walkthrough.
Good news for Nicks: He's out on the practice field again today. Caught passes from Eli, now doing walk-through. Bennett also working. #nyg— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) October 12, 2012
Participating in practice sure is encouraging for Nicks, who has been out for a couple weeks. The Giants could use him to boost their passing attack against the vaunted 49ers defense. For Giants fans and fantasy owners, though, no concrete sign if he'll be ready to go Sunday just yet.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 1:50 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels
Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger reports Nicks did individual drills today and the team will see how he feels tomorrow before deciding the next step. If he's feeling good, they will let him partake in practice on Friday on a limited basis.
Coughlin said Nicks did individuals. Plan is for him to do limited prac. Fri but will see how he feels. "Always hope" he can go this wk #nyg— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) October 11, 2012
It's another step in the right direction for Nicks, but there still hasn't been a concrete update on his playing status for Sunday. A lot more should be known after tomorrow's practice, if he's able to participate in it.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 12:56 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner
Finally, some good news where Hakeem Nicks is concerned.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants wide receiver returned to practice on Thursday, providing hope that he will, in fact, be good to go for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Vacchiano reports that Nicks was "in pads and on the practice field" and was "at least participating in individual drills," though that doesn't mean he's in the clear yet.
More information will be available post-practice.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 1:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Though Nicks didn't practice on Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has some positive news for Giants fans in regard to the star wide receiver:
Hakeem Nicks, by the way, appeared to be moving very well as he ran outside. He was making cuts, backpedaling too. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 10, 2012
This is more good news for Giants' fans and Nicks fantasy owners hoping he can give it a go this week. While a contest against the 49ers is hardly ideal, having Nicks back in the lineup would be huge.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 11:25 a.m. ET by Pete Schauer
Nicks was held out of practice on Wednesday, but judging by the language used by Tom Coughlin, it sounds like he expects Nicks to play this Sunday at San Francisco, as Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger tweets.
Nicks and Bennett won't practice today. But Coughlin said they're doing better. He hopes Nicks can get a practice in. #nyg— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) October 10, 2012
The Giants will need both Nicks and Victor Cruz to be at their best to beat a stingy 49ers' defense in Week 6.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 2:45 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
News has traveled through the grapevine that suggests Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nick will return to action in Week 6.
The New York Post's Paul Schwartz reported via Twitter that Nick's teammate Ahmad Bradshaw told an ESPN radio station that the star wide out may be on the field Sunday.
Ahmad Bradshaw on ESPN radio said Hakeem Nicks "gave me a hint'' he would play on Sunday in San Francisco. sulia.com/c/new-york-gia…— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) October 9, 2012
Fantasy owners should certainly wait for a more official statement on Nicks' health, but this is a positive sign for his ability to play.
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Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News reported via Twitter that head coach Tom Coughlin has not made a decision regarding Nicks’ status for the upcoming game.
WR Ramses Barden (concussion) has been cleared to practice. Coughlin is not sure whether Hakeem Nicks (knee) will return this week. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 8, 2012
Nicks was not much of a factor in the team’s season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but there were few Giants who played well in that game. In New York’s next contest, the 24-year-old exploded for 10 catches, 199 yards and a touchdown.
But he was held out of the next game with soreness in his foot that was the result of offseason surgery. This was supposed to be nothing more than the result of a short week, and Nicks was assumed to be back in the lineup for the team’s Week 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. But he sat out once again, this time with swelling in his knee.
When Nicks is healthy, he is one of the best receivers in the league, both on the field and in fantasy football leagues. After the first two weeks of the season, ESPN’s Eric Karabell (Insider only) ranked him as the third-most-valuable wideout. Only Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson ranked higher.
If Nicks is playing, he should be thrown immediately into the starting lineup on any fantasy team in any league, but until his status is certain, he should remain on the bench.
Check back here for updates on Nicks’ injuries going forward.