The New York Giants’ road to winning back-to-back championships just got a little rockier.
Multiple national reports state that Hakeem Nicks will be sidelined for approximately 12 weeks after he fractured his right foot on Thursday. Apparently the injury was of the non-contact variety as Nicks was running a route tree in practice. He will undergo surgery on Friday and will likely return at some point during training camp.
The good news is that Nicks should return before the regular season but how quickly he gets himself into game shape is the question. Second-round pick Ruben Randle will be the biggest benefactor of this injury, as the rookie will receive plenty of reps in the first-team offseason this summer. Sometimes whether a young player makes an impact right away is determined by the amount of opportunities he has in training camp and preseason.
A superior route runner over his career, Nicks has dealt with a variety of lower-body related injuries throughout his career. On top of this latest setback, he’s also dealt with toe, ankle and knee issues since entering the league in 2009. At least this time he broke a bone because at least the bone will heal and he’ll be fine once he gets back into shape. If it were a hamstring injury, that’s something that could effect him for the entire season.