Hakeem Nicks ready to produce for Giants

Hakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks

The Giants have played their last three games without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, a streak which might have a chance at coming to an end with the news that Nicks has returned to practice.

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Nicks took part in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. It’s the first time that Nicks has been at practice since the week before the Week Four game with the Eagles, when he practiced on Thursday and then was ruled out of the game because of a knee injury he suffered during the Week Two win over the Buccaneers.

That history provides a good reminder that getting back to practice is only half the battle for Nicks. It will be just as important to see how his knee and foot, which Nicks had surgery on this offseason after breaking a bone, respond to an increased workload. His knee swelled after that last practice, forcing him to concentrate on rehab only for the last two weeks. Read more…

Hakeem Nicks played while academically ineligible


As if the North Carolina football program didn’t have enough scars from the past few seasons, the NCAA has concluded that former Tar Heels star wideout Hakeem Nicks played while academically ineligible during the 2008 season, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Nicks received improper academic help from a tutor.  The NCAA specifically called the situation “academic fraud.”

Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, essentially rolled out the “don’t know/don’t care” defense.

“We have no knowledge of that whatsoever,” Schaffer said, adding that “[i]t’s low on the totem pole of relevant issues.”

Nicks previously was found to have received $3,300 in “impermissible assistance” as part of a broad and multi-layered scandal that resulted in coach Butch Davis being fired and multiple players being suspended. Read more here…