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Giants WR Hakeem Nicks Still Out Of Step Following Knee And Foot Injuries
Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride acknowledged that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks — try as he might — is still not at full strength.
“Still not the same. Not himself, no,” Gilbride said. “He had a couple chances for plays. He would have made those plays easily (if healthy). Easily.”
Nicks has fought through left knee and right foot injuries that have nagged him all season, missing three games and playing the other eight at less than 100 percent. Each of the past few weeks, the fourth-year receiver has said he feels the best he has felt all season, but Gilbride chuckled knowingly.
“Doesn’t he tell you that every week?” Gilbride asked. “Is he convincing you, himself or the opposition?”
But Gilbride appreciates that about Nicks. He has the highest respect for his player’s toughness and his will to be on the field when still hurting.
“You love the fact that he’s trying,” Gilbride said. “He’s fighting his rear end (off). He refused to accept being hurt, and he knows we’re better when he’s out there, and he’s trying to do everything he can. I admire that and everything else, but he’s not the same guy yet as he was, there’s no question about that.”
Source: Newark Star Ledger
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