Hakeem Nicks sidelined at practice, Coughlin comes to grips with it
Hakeem Nicks had been limited in the last few practices with a groin injury, but Thursday was the first time he missed practice completely. The star receiver was on the sideline for the entire workout, sitting on but not necessarily pedaling an exercise bike, wearing a baseball cap and no shoulder pads.
“It’s a day-to-day type of thing,” Tom Coughlin said. “They just want to quiet it down and make sure it heals before he goes out and continues to maybe make it worse.”
Nicks has not spoken to the media since he arrived at training camp. But he’s obviously spoken to his teammates. So here’s the second-hand account of how he’s dealing with the situation.
“He doesn’t seem frustrated to me,” Victor Cruz said. “I think he’s just taking it easy. I think he understands his body and he understands exactly how he feels and how he wants to approach this training camp and this season. I think he’s just taking it easy just understanding that anything that he feels is going wrong with his body, he wants to take his time and come back the right way.”
Earlier this week Coughlin expressed some displeasure with Nicks missing time in practice. But Thursday, he was much more rational about the injury.
“Certainly I want to see him on the field and he wants to be on the field,” Coughlin said. “It’s frustrating but I’ve got to learn to control myself when it comes to that as well and realize that – you know what? – he’s trying like heck to get out there and he knows he needs to practice and work at it. He came in excited about being able to go and then he had this little groin injury which I hope is not going to set him back for very long. We’re obviously taking all the necessary precautions.”
Coughlin may be swallowing some of the angst he has over the absence of his top receiver, but position coach Kevin M. Gilbride was blunt.
"I think he needs to practice," Gilbride said. "He knows it. He and I talk about it all the time and he knows it. In order for you to be ready for the season, you need to have done it and done it over and over and done it wrong, made the adjustment and then have it become part of what you do, the correct way to do it. He’s not there yet. He needs to continue to improve and he knows that. He understands that. In order for him to be ready to produce the way that he wants to produce and the way that we need him to produce, he needs to practice and get ready for that."