Tom Coughlin is already realistic about what to expect with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who will have surgery to repair a broken foot today.
The New York Giants announced Thursday Nicks will be sidelined 12 weeks as he rehabilitates from the injury, meaning it’s almost certain he will not be ready when training camp begins in two months.
Coughlin isn’t thinking start of camp, though. He is thinking start of the regular season. The defending Super Bowl champions kick off the new season Sept. 5 when they host the Dallas Cowboys.
“Well, it's probably going to be close. Hopefully, we will,” Coughlin said on NFL Network, via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “He feels very confident about it. The doctors have expressed it as something they feel will heal very, very well. Obviously, we've got to get about the business of healing right away.
“If it takes the full three months, you're going to be sitting right up next to that opening game. We certainly hope that Hakeem is correct in saying that he heals fast.”
The upside, if there is one, is Coughlin said doctors are confident Nicks will return fully healed and it will not be a situation where he’s at risk of suffering the same injury again. That’s been known to happen with pesky foot injuries.
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