Hakeem Nicks Ruled Out
The New York Giants announced Wednesday that starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will not playing in Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Nicks, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, will not even be making the trip down to Carolina after being listed as questionable earlier in the day and being downgraded to out just hours ago.
Nicks did not participate in any type of practice or walk-through this week, not even taking part in the jog this morning. Tuesday was a scheduled day off for Nicks, who still suffers from soreness in his surgically repaired ankle.
Nicks was quoted as saying that he felt pretty good Tuesday, so either he suffered a setback or was not feeling as good as the Giants had hoped, leading to the downgrading.
The team opted to play it safe with Nicks, as the Giants have a very short week with the quick turnaround with a game Thursday night. Resting Nicks is most likely the best scenario in the long run for the Giants.
Nicks is not the only prominent Giant that will not make the trip, as starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw, offensive tackle David Diehl and third receiver/return man Domenik Hixon are all not making the trip. All three players suffered injuries in Sunday afternoon’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as Bradshaw injured his neck, Diehl his right MCL and Hixon suffered a concussion.
Rookie defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo will also not be making the trip.
With the injury to Nicks, Victor Cruz will take over as the top wide out. Look for Rueben Randle, Ramses Barden and Jerel Jernigan to also get some action, as they will be moved up the depth chart with the Hixon injury as well.
Andre Brown will take over lead back duties for Bradshaw; something he earned with his performance Sunday. Brown ran for 71 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 19 yards in relief of Bradshaw.
The Giants are likely to go with the shift they put in place when Diehl went down Sunday, with Sean Locklear moving to right tackle and Will Beatty taking over at left tackle.