May 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) catches pass during the Giants OTA at the their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Hakeem Nicks' Availability For Giants' 3rd Preseason Game Up In The Air

Hakeem Nicks exited the PUP list this week, moving one step closer to returning to the Giants.

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Hakeem Nicks Unsure If He'll Play In Giants' 3rd Preseason Game

The eventual return of New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will be a welcomed site for the organization, but its still unclear if he will return for his team's third preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Friday. That was the message the Giants' wide out gave the New York media after practicing for the first time this season Monday.

"I still don’t know," Nicks said. "They’ll see how it goes this week in practice, and then let me go out this Friday. But I think it’s going to be based on team doctors and a coach’s decision, and I’m all for whatever they decide. I know they’ll decide whatever is best for me."

The strategy surrounding Nicks' broken foot, an injury he's been healing from since May, is to take it slow but its hard admitted Nicks.

"My mind is saying, 'Take it easy, but at the same time still be smart about it.' Still want to be on pace to make it back for the first [regular season] game. I don’t want to have any setbacks. That’s the mindset," Nicks said. "Still want to progress at the same time, though. Get back into the shape that I would like to be in when it comes time for the first game."

For more on Nicks and the Giants, visit Big Blue View and SB Nation New York.


Giants Take Hakeem Nicks Off PUP List

The New York Giants wide receiving corps got a major boost Monday when leading receiver Hakeem Nicks passed his physical and was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Nicks began training camp on the PUP list while he recovered from a foot injury. Nicks fractured his right foot in late May while he was running routes during practice. He had surgery and was initially expected to be out for 12 weeks. While there was initially some concern that the injury could keep Nicks out of the regular season opener, he targeted a mid-August return the entire time.

He recently began running routes during Giants practices and with no setbacks, was able to pass his physical Monday and be activated from the PUP list. The 24-year-old wide receiver is entering his fourth NFL season. He was the Giants' second-leading receiver last season with 76 receptions for 1,192 yards.

For more on Nicks and the Giants, visit Big Blue View and SB Nation New York.


Hakeem Nicks' Injury Could Run Into Regular Season

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks may miss the beginning of the 2012 NFL season because of a fractured foot he sustained Thursday during the morning session of New York's organized team activities. Nicks broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot while running, and the team quickly announced that he will have surgery to insert a screw on Friday. Nicks will likely miss all of training camp during an expected 12-week recovery, and coach Tom Coughlin even indicated that his return for the start of the 2012 season could be in doubt.

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Asked if Nicks will be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 5, Coughlin said that "it's probably going to be close."

"He feels very confident about it," Coughlin said. "The doctors have expressed it as being something that they think will heal very, very well."

Nicks is a physically talented wideout who's had some injury problems during his tenure in New York, and this latest non-contact injury is another setback. He's is coming off an impressive postseason, in which he led the league with 28 catches for 444 yards and four touchdowns during the Giants run to the Super Bowl.

For more on the Giants, visit SB Nation's Big Blue View and SB Nation New York.


Hakeem Nicks Injury: Giants WR Fractures Foot, Out 12 Weeks

Hakeem Nicks suffered a fractured foot in the Giants OTAs and will miss up to 12 weeks recovery time.

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