Nicks unsure if he'll be active Sunday

December, 26, 2012
12/26/12
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee) isn't sure if he's going to play in the season finale Sunday against Philadelphia. Nicks missed Wednesday's practice, but has played in each of the past nine games.

"We'll see. We really don't know yet," Nicks said. "They haven't really told me anything about it yet. Whatever they choose for me to do, I'm sure it's going to be in the best benefit of the team and myself. I'll just take it and roll with it."

Swelling in his knee has given Nicks problems all year, and he's not sure if that will require offseason surgery. His surgically repaired foot has also been problematic, but Nicks doesn't believe that will require further surgery in the offseason. Nicks broke his right foot in May.

"I think the foot is just still healing," Nicks said. "Throughout the course of the year, it's been healing.

"I haven't had setbacks with the foot, so I think I'll be good."

While he has gutted out the injuries, Nicks hasn't been able to get on the practice field as much as usual, and quarterback Eli Manning believes that has affected the chemistry between the two. Nicks agreed with that assessment.

"I was injured this year. It happens in football. You can't control that aspect. You've just got to hope for the best, expect for the best, and play hard each and every day," Nicks said. "I'll learn from this. I'll definitely get better from it."

In Sunday's loss to Baltimore, Nicks was held without a catch for the first time this season. It marked the low point in what has been a rough year -- he has just 53 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns.

"Being a playmaker, you always want the ball. You always want to get the ball thrown at you, always feel like you can make a difference. I'll always feel like that. I feel like that's what makes me the player I am," Nicks said. "I've always had the competitive drive in me."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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