At the Giants OTA, Hakeem Nicks broke his foot and will be out for 3 months. He will have surgery today.
The good news is that at least Nicks will be back in August and should not miss the start of the season. The bad news is that Nicks gets hurt every year. Nicks is injury prone. The doctors expect his foot to heal "very well" from this type of procedure, so that is encouraging as well.
The bottomline on Hakeem Nicks is that if he stays healthy for 16 games, he is easily a Pro Bowl WR. The combination of Nicks and Cruz makes it very difficult for any defensive secondary. It's May. Thank goodness it is May.
Well between Nicks and Weatherspoon we are starting our Super Bowl run just like last year. Doesn't bode well for Hixon though.
Jene Bramel at the Times's Fifth Down Blog writes:
Nicks’s rehab and recovery won’t be without potential setbacks. Areas of the fifth metatarsal are notorious for inconsistent healing and re-fracture because of relative poor blood supply to parts of the bone. Anderson’s method seems to limit those complications with the aid of bone grafting, but a player pushing the limits of the recovery timetable will heighten the risk of re-fracture.
Meanwhile, Andy writes that Nicks is "easily a Pro Bowl WR." I would submit, especially after his playoffs last season, that he's the second top WR in the game after Calvin Johnson. Discuss among yourselves.
While this is obviously bad news, there are two good things that could come out of it I guess.
1: Lowers Nicks' "market value" when we have to resign him next year.
2: Gives Jernigan, Randle (and Hixon and Barden) more reps to get them up to speed faster.
@CommanderShepard Now that is what I call looking at a situation as 'glass half full'! Good for you.
My first thought was, these odd off-season injuries seem to be happening to the Giants every year lately. I'm anxious to see what the combination of Nicks, Cruz and Randle looks like. Guess we will be waiting for awhile.