On Wednesday, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award from his play in last week’s 41-34 team win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For the game, Nick had 10 catches for 199 yards–a career high–and a touchdown. He played a vital role in the team’s third-quarter rally that enabled them to come from behind by 14 points.
Also seeing a career-high day was Giants quarterback Eli Manning with his 510 passing yards.
It’s been a while since a Giants wide receiver has received this honor: in 2005, Plaxico Burress received this accolade.
But wait, there’s more as things happen in threes. Between Nicks’ play and his fellow receiver, Victor Cruz, with his 11 catches for 179 receiving yards, the twosome set NFL history as the first teammates to have a minimum of 10 catches and 175 receiving yards in one game.
What’s next for this team? For Nicks, who suffered a broken foot bone prior to the regular season start, tweaked it last Sunday and for this week, he is listed by the team as questionable.
He joins a few other players who may miss Thursday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, running back Ahmad Bradshaw will not play on Thursday thanks to a neck injury from last week’s game against the Buccaneers. He will be joined on the sidelines by right tackle David Diehl, who injured his knee in the game.
As noted by PFT, once these two exited the game, the offense’s play improved on Sunday.
Pinch hitting for Bradshaw will be backup running back Andre Brown. One Sunday after Bradshaw went down, he had 13 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown, along with two receptions for 19 yards.
Wide receiver Domenik Hixon, the team’s No. 3, has also been ruled out for the game from Sunday’s concussion.
Look for fourth-year receiver Ramses Barden to step in for Hix along with rookie Rueben Randle getting some playing time.
On the defensive side, Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara returns to the field on Thursday after a two-week absence due to an ankle injury. This game will be his first one this season and the team’s depleted cornerback corp. needs his return.
The team has listed him as probable for the game.
Also with this same status is Amukamara’s fellow defensive players: linebacker Keith Rivers and running back Da’Rel Scott.