Hakeem Nicks Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Knee

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:   Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants celebrates with  Ramses Barden #13 of the New York Giants against 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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The knee injury that has derailed Hakeem Nicks' 2012 NFL season simply won't go away.


UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Steven Gerwel

After much speculation on Nicks' status for today's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon confirmed via Twitter that Nicks will be active.

#Giants inactives for today's game at #Bengals lockerz.com/s/260646384

— pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon) November 11, 2012

While Nicks will be suiting up for Sunday's action, there's still a possibility he'll be less than 100 percent in his performance.

For fantasy owners, if you have another option, use it. But if you're thin at wide receiver, a banged up Nicks is still more appealing than a waiver wire pickup.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 2:45 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post is reporting that Nicks believes he will be on the field for the Giants this Sunday against the Bengals:

Hakeem Nicks says swelling in knee is gone and he's playing Sunday. #NYG

— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) November 8, 2012

There were reports earlier on Thursday that Nicks' knee was still wrapped up, so the hope for him to play this weekend did not look good. 

Nicks has given his two cents on the matter, though you have to believe that Tom Coughlin and the training staff will do a little more evaluation to make sure there is no risk for more damage. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

While Nicks' status for Week 10 has not been updated, he did make a few positive strides on Thursday at Giants practice, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger:

Nicks has left knee heavily wrapped. But did walk-through with the offense, ran routes in one-on-one drills. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) November 8, 2012


This is really a glass half-empty/half-full situation, depending on how you look at it.

On the one hand, hearing that his knee is still heavily wrapped likely makes fans nervous about his status for Sunday's game, which was already very much in doubt. 

On the other hand, Nicks was able to do something, inspiring some confidence that the door may not be entirely closed on him playing against Cincinnati. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 2:52 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Nicks isn't going to practice at all during the week, leaving him highly questionable for the Giants' game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, according to Michael Fabiano of NFL.com:

Hakeem Nicks will not practice this week due to swelling in his knee. Bad news for fantasy owners. Consider him questionable for Week 10.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 7, 2012

Fantasy owners should start exploring alternative options if they don't have one on their bench. Even though Fabiano didn't rule Nicks out, his knee is clearly a problem, and it makes him an unreliable option even if he suits up in Week 10.


Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York added the following info:

As Nicks walked by reporters at the team facility he said, "I'm good," when asked how he is feeling. It remains to be seen whether Nicks will practice on Thursday. The Giants were very cautious with Nicks when he last had swelling earlier in the season.

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According to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz, the star New York Giants receiver is experiencing swelling and is unlikely to play in Week 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals: "Given the injury history of Hakeem Nicks and his once-again swollen knee, seems unlikely he will play Sunday in Cincinnati, especially with bye week coming next."

For the Giants, this is undoubtedly a devastating blow, but it cannot come as a surprise. Nicks looked extremely limited in last week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching just one pass for 10 yards.

Hurt during Week 2's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Nicks missed three games and was expected to be fully healthy after returning.

However, that has not been the case. The former North Carolina star has been an explosive threat in the Giants' passing game almost since day one but hasn't been able to get into a rhythm since getting injured. 


In the four games since returning, Nicks has grabbed just 13 catches for 153 yards and zero touchdowns while noticeably lacking explosiveness. He's even been targeted less, as Victor Cruz has unquestionably become Eli Manning's favorite receiver.

If Nicks sits out on Sunday, look for Domenik Hixon to get the start. The former Akron star looked great in Nicks' first absence, and there is little reason to think he'll somehow flounder this week against the Bengals. Due to the nature of knee injuries, Hixon becomes a must-add in all fantasy formats. 

Even if Nicks sitting is simply a precautionary measure with the Giants on bye next week, this is an injury that doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon. 

Be sure to check back in as we give you all the latest updates on Nicks' status for Sunday and going forward in 2012.