Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Giants wideout Hakeen Nicks is playing again off an injury, but still not at 100 percent.
The New York Giants had the services of Hakeem Nicks in Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers, but that doesn't mean he is back at full strength. Nicks missed three weeks earlier this year dealing with foot and knee issues, and it still trying to get back to top form.
The wideout spoke about his status on Friday, saying he is still working to get back into his best playing shape.
Q: Is this the best you’ve felt this season?
A: No. I feel like at this point in the season nobody feels great. The best you feel is before you start training camp. I feel pretty good now; I’m getting all the way back to full, 100%. That’s my goal every day, just to be better than I was the day before.
Q: Do you feel better than you did last week against the 49ers?
A: Yeah, I feel a lot better than then. I was still a little cautious in that game about it. I really just had one practice then got in the game. I had three weeks off. I wasn’t really expecting too much out of that game. I just wanted to go out there and get back. This week I had a full week of practice so I expect it to be better. Next week will be better. I just want to keep getting better.
Nicks is listed as probable for the Giants' next game against the the Redskins on Sunday. Nicks caught three passes on five targets for 44 yards in Week 6 against the 49ers. Before going down to injury, he torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 199 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches.
The fourth-year veteran out of North Carolina is coming off of back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He has 219 catches for 3,315 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career.