Last week, I wrote about the 10 players each NFC East team could least afford to lose to injury. In the Giants’ edition of that series, I had Hakeem Nicks ranked 3rd. Sorry for the jinx, Hakeem.
Nicks broke the 5th metatarsal in his foot today. Obviously, this is not good news for the Giants, and for Hakeem Nicks. However, (and this is easy for me to say), due to the timing, it’s not a big deal, in my opinion. Hakeem Nicks is only 24 years old, but watching him on tape, you would never know it. He and Eli Manning already have a great rapport. Eli trusts Hakeem, and Hakeem always knows where he needs to be. For a player so young, he’s extremely polished.
He’ll have surgery (a screw will be placed in his foot), and the prognosis is 3 months, which, going through the months in my head (May to June, June to July, July to August), will put him back on the field before the Giants host the Cowboys at home on September 5th. That is assuming, of course, that everything goes well with the surgery and subsequent recovery. It is also assuming that the foot won’t continue to nag him beyond the expected recovery period.
In the meantime, as a silver lining, the Giants will get a better look at the handful of receivers vying for the #3 WR spot. That will be especially beneficial for 2nd year receiver Jerrel Jernigan and rookie Reuben Randle. Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden are also in that mix.
For what it’s worth, the last time Nicks came back from an injury (he missed 2 weeks in 2010), he had 7 catches for 96 yards against the Vikings in a crucial game with playoff implications.
I don’t think he’ll miss a beat. Just don’t give him a roll-a-bout.