Hakeem Nicks: Injury Update and Implications for the New York Giants WR

Bobby KittredgeContributor IIINovember 7, 2012

Nicks has suffered from a nagging knee injury all season.
Nicks has suffered from a nagging knee injury all season.Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Three days after the New York Giants' 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, more bad news has emerged with regard to New York's passing game.

According to ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is once again on the injury report and will not practice on Wednesday. Nicks has already missed three games this season and now will sit out of practice due to swelling in the same knee that has slowed him down all year.

A setback to Nicks' health is the last thing the Giants need, as the passing game has begun to struggle enough already. Eli Manning's 125 yards on Sunday was his lowest total since 2008, and the game was his second straight touchdown-less performance.

The normally dynamic duo of Nicks and Victor Cruz combined for a measly 77 yards on six catches. The pair were even less effective a week earlier against Dallas.

Since Mario Manningham left for the San Francisco 49ers after last season, the Giants clearly thought they could rely on Cruz and Nicks for production at the wide receiver position. The pair are first and second on the team in receiving yards, respectively, despite the fact that Nicks has only played in six games. 

While Martellus Bennett has been a solid target at tight end and Domenik Hixon has been a decent third option at wide receiver, the lack of depth in the Giants' receiving corps would become extremely apparent without Nicks. Although detailed information on the injury is not yet available and he hasn't been ruled out for Week 10's game against Cincinnati, it is disconcerting that Nicks is back on the injury report after being left off it and recording just one catch in Week 9. 

Despite Sunday's dud, the Giants still rank fourth in the NFL in passing yardage on the season. They need Cruz and Nicks to resume their productive ways for the offense to run effectively—and that starts with Nicks being healthy.

Monitor his knee injury closely throughout this week and the rest of the season, as it will have enormous implications for the Giants offense as a whole.