Nicks was in the midst of a breakout season when he was injured this past week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nicks sustained a nasty hit on his leg which resulted in Compartment Syndrome.
What this is means is that Nicks' lower leg started to swell out of control, and if not treated quickly could have resulted in long term nerve damage.
To fix the problem Nicks underwent an emergency fasciotomy, which basically means they carved a big hole in his leg to relieve the swelling. Once the swelling subsists they will perform a skin graft to cover up the gaping wound on the leg created to relieve the pressure. Sounds like fun, huh?
Anyway, some have said Nicks will be out three weeks. I think it will be longer than that, but I am not a doctor.
The absence of Nicks is a huge blow to the Giants' offense, who are down to Mario Manningham and tight ends Kevin Boss and Travis Beckum as the only somewhat reliable pass catchers left.
Nicks’ injury might be the straw that breaks the back of the Giants' season, it is that big of a deal.