Hakeem Nicks sidelined by groin tightness

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks practices during training

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks practices during training camp. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Hakeem Nicks ran down the right sideline, kicked it into an extra gear to get past Corey Webster, and settled under a long pass from David Carr in a one-on-one drill early in Sunday’s Giants practice. He showed no sign of being slowed by any of the injuries as he held he ball up high at chest level and high-stepped a tip-toe into the end zone.

It was what the few thousand fans who attended the workout had come to see. And it was what the Giants wanted to see. After a season in which Nicks was hampered by foot and knee injuries and never truly clicked with the offense, having him accelerate for the deep ball was about the most encouraging thing he could have done in practice.

It was followed by the least encouraging.

Shortly after the play, as the offense and defense split up onto different fields, Nicks walked off to the side to have his legs looked at by trainers. He did not return to practice, missing most of the 11-on-11 team drills and the 7-on-7 reps.

“I guess he got a little tightness in the groin and they held him,” Tom Coughlin said after practice. “I really don’t know much about it.”

A few good signs. It’s not his knee or his foot. Nicks never left the field even though he did not participate in the drills. And, after practice, when Coughlin tried to get more information on the situation, he was shooed away.

“Of course it’s autograph day, so I didn’t really get much of a response,” he said.

As long as he’s well enough to sign for the fans, he should be well enough to play (even if it’s after a few days of rest for the groin).

The Giants are counting on Nicks to be a big part of their offense. Early in camp Eli Manning said his favorite all-time target told him that he was 100 percent healthy.

“That’s what we’re expecting and that’s what we need him to be,” Manning said.

He’s not anymore. But so far this minor setback does not seem to be a threat to his full return this upcoming season. There should be plenty of long passes for him to run under in the coming week and months.

Tags: Hakeem Nicks , Giants , Tom Coughlin , training camp , Eli Manning

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