We’re told that the results of Hakeem Nicks’ MRI won’t be available until sometime this afternoon. In the meantime, we spoke with a few wide receivers who would have to step up and produce if Nicks is missing for any extended period of time.
One of them is Ramses Barden, the second-year player who wowed training camp onlookers last summer but hardly got onto the field in 2009.
“Hakeem will be back,” Barden said. “He’s tough. But until then, everybody’s going to keep grinding together and be a successful unit.”
Barden said he doesn’t think about injuries like the one to Nicks or even the one to Domenik Hixon earlier this offseason as opportunities for him (even though they clearly can be).
“I don’t think it means anything extra,” he said. “I’ll just continue to do what’s asked of me. If I get more responsibility, that’s fine. And if not I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing.”
As for Mario Manningham, he was sidelined yesterday by a groin injury.
“I’m back out there tomorrow,” he said. “Just a little tightness. It’s cool.”
Manningham would take over the starting job if he’s healthy and Nicks is unable to go. But he said he doesn’t figure that last part to be the case.
“I’m not worried about him,” Manningham said. “I know he’s going to do whatever he has to do, be in the training room getting treatment on it. Whatever we have to do (we’ll do) because we need everybody. Everybody.”
Manningham also said he spoke with Nicks after the injury.
“I saw him last night,” he said. “He was good, his normal self.”
If for some reason Nicks and Manningham are both sidelined, that would elevate Sinorice Moss to the first unit. Moss said he spoke with Nicks last night as well.
“He said he feels well,” Moss said.
As for the sudden rash of injured receivers, Moss said that’s nothing new.
“It’s been like that since I’ve been here,” he said. “You come to camp and guys will practice and then have injuries, you have nicks, you have bruises. That’s pretty much how it goes in camp.”
Moss has looked pretty sharp so far this summer. More importantly at this point, he feels good.
“It’s very important for myself to stay out healthy because I want to be out there and continue to do the things I’ve been doing,” he said. “I just want to stay healthy, I want to stay out there on the field and stay active and with the team.”
By the way, one way the Giants could consider adding to their wide receiver depth would be by signing a veteran. I know that there is a report that the Giants are snooping around the idea of bringing back Plaxico Burress. But it sounds more and more like any investigating the Giants did into that possibility would be very short and come to a rather quick conclusion. Lots of people from John Mara to Tom Coughlin to Jerry Reese to (I'm guessing here) Eli Manning would probably have to sign off on the idea. The answer would almost certainly be no.
Reese always says that, in football personnel, you never say never. This may be the time to say never.