If you’re both a Giants fan and a fan of optimism, then you’re also an Adam Schefter fan. And if you’re not a fan of optimism, your soul is black.
Yesterday we reminded you of the intense early-season schedule that could prompt the Giants to be extra cautious with Hakeem Nicks, so there’s a chance he could miss a game or two. Not a strong possibility, mind you, but we’re saying there’s a chance. The original 12-week recovery schedule from a broken bone in his foot will keep the wide receiver out until late August, forcing him to miss all of training camp.
Now if we’re to believe one of the league’s leading oracles, Nicks’ injury may not be nearly as bad as what was first reported.
Please refrain from stripping and running through the office naked, Giants fans. While this is the Scheft and he’s a highly connected and trustworthy source, please remember that Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara dealt with the exact same injury early last season. Amukamara injured his foot during the first week of training camp, and then he didn’t make his regular-season debut until late November in Week 11, meaning he was absent for just over three months.
But as I often remind you, my medical degree doesn’t exist, and I’m only able to properly assess the severity of paper cuts and buttocks numbing after long hours at a desk. If we’re choosing to believe Shefter, then we’re also making the assumption that Nicks’ injury isn’t nearly as severe as the bone bust that kept Amukamara out so long.
Regardless, the Giants will be fine if Nicks is briefly missing from their wide receiver depth chart on game day to start the 2012 season. Assuming that absence is indeed brief, Victor Cruz–who averaged 96 receiving yards per game last year–can easily handle an increased workload, while second-round pick Rueben Randle can step up along with Domenik Hixon, and Ramses Barden will provide depth.