Some fantasy owners and all Giants fans woke up this morning wondering one thing: will my No.1 receiver be playing Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams?
As of this morning, Hakeem Nicks is still questionable according to most of the folks in the know.
Newark Star-Ledger says Nicks was limited in practice yesterday.
ESPN has the wideout saying he will definitely be play:
As for Nicks, the wideout said Friday that he would "be on the field," though the decision will largely rest with team doctors.
"I'm pretty comfortable with what they're telling me," he said.
Nicks caught seven passes for 122 yards Sunday, so losing him would be a crushing blow.
That last sentiment I definitely agree with, considering they have lost other targets to free agency, Manning without Nicks is a seriously different QB and Giants offense.
Another local paper, the New York Daily News also has Nicks pretty much guaranteeing he will play:
"I'll be out there Monday," Nicks said.
Tom Coughlin was more cautious.
"He'll have an opinion, because he has to say what he feels like," Coughlin said of Nicks. "The doctors are ultimately going to make that decision."
..."The swelling is gone, the pain ain't really there anymore," Nicks said, "I think I'll be all right."
"...they decided they were not letting me jump out there, they want me to get in a full week of healing underneath my belt," Nicks said. "Still looking forward to playing Monday night."
In the end, as stated in the Giant's Blog of the New York Post. Nicks can say what he wants but the guys with the medical degrees will decide his real and fantasy fate.
Nicks came out of the loss to the Redskins with a bone bruise in his left knee. He did some work on the side early in the week, participated in individual drills and the past two days was able to ramp up his involvement in practice. He said on Friday he will play. In the case of both Tuck and Nicks, the Giants medical staff will make the final call.
Good luck if you have Mr. Nicks on your team.