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Nicks was never worried

Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall reaches for

Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall reaches for New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks during the first half of an NFL football game. (Sept. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Hakeem Nicks sounded positive that he will be able to play on Monday against the Rams. Then again, even when he was having his injured knee looked at in an MRI he probably thought that.

“I’m the type where you start worrying, that’s when stuff be wrong,” the Giants’ dynamic receiver said today after missing practice but doing some light jogging and cutting on the side. “I just tried to keep a cool head the whole time and everything came back good. It’s a blessing.”

It is for the Giants, whose offense would be in even more shambles without Nicks. The receiver said he hyperextended the knee and suffered a bone bruise on his 68-yard reception early in the Redskins game.

“I just shook it off,” he said. “I felt like I did something but I knew it wasn’t anything serious … I was never really worried because I looked at it like I finished the game.”

The big question then became if he would start the next one. It appears he will. Nicks said he hopes to return to practice later this week. The extra day of prep time will help him, he said. “I don’t see myself missing no time,” he said.

After being held without a point in the second half of the Redskins game and playing for an offense that has not had a touchdown pass from its starting quarterback all year – preseason and regular season – Nicks said he’s glad he’ll be out there on Monday.

“Now is not the time to be going down,” he said. “It’s a matter of thanking God it wasn’t nothing serious and getting back out there and making up for last week.”

 

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