Hakeem Nicks will miss is second straight game after undergoing an unusual operation on his lower left leg called a fasciotomy to relieve pressure caused by compartment syndrome. But the second-year wide receiver expressed confidence on Friday that he has a good chance to return to the lineup next week at Minnesota.
Outlining his timetable for a return, Nicks said he hopes to be allowed to attend Sunday's game against Washington at New Meadowlands Stadium and have the stitches removed from his leg at that time. Then, it would be a matter of getting in some running on Monday and Wednesday and awaiting the evaluation of the trainers and doctors.
"Physically and mentally, I'm ready to go now," Nicks said. "I've got to get these stitches out. The scar has healed up pretty good. I'm shooting for Sunday to get them out when I come to the game…I'm a pretty fast healer. With a little bit of praying and taking care of my body, I think I'll be all right."
Most projections have suggested a return against Philadelphia on Dec. 19 is more realistic, but Nicks said, "I'm going to say Minnesota. That's my goal…They just don't want any infections and sweat getting in the scar. Then it's another setback. It's not the injury. It's something healing on the inside. Once the scar heals, I'm fine."
The Giants' other starting wide receiver, Steve Smith, practiced Friday on a limited basis and was listed as "doubtful" for Washington on Sunday. But he clearly doesn't expect to play. Asked if he's targeting the Minnesota game to come back from his torn pectoral muscal, Smith said, "I don’t know. It’s day-to-day."