New York Giants: Should Hakeem Nicks Be Playing Against Patriots in Finale?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IAugust 28, 2012

Jul 28, 2012; Albany, NY, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) during training camp at University Field at SUNY Albany.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

On Wednesday night, the New York Giants will conclude their preseason schedule by playing the finale against the New England Patriots.

It's far from the hype of Super Bowl XLVI like we all saw six months ago in Indianapolis, but most Giants fans will have all eyes on Hakeem Nicks when he's on the field.

According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN, Nicks will play and take some snaps in the game on Wednesday at MetLife Stadium.

Nicks was just activated off the PUP list after recovering from a broken foot he suffered in late May.

Usually, the last game of the preseason is a game where the starters get rested, so the coaches don't risk getting anyone hurt before the regular season.

It is surprising that the Giants are going to allow Nicks to play in the preseason finale, especially considering he just recovered from a major injury.

However, according to Nicks, he said if something changed and he was kept out, he wouldn't be shocked.

As of right now, I was told I was gonna take some snaps, who added that he began to feel 100 percent in Sunday's practice, but if they decide to change (their minds), I'm sure they'll let me know, and whatever decision they make, I'm gonna roll with it.

Nicks had a tremendous 2011 season for the Giants, making 76 catches for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. Nicks really stood out for the Giants in the playoffs, having 100 yards or more in three of the four playoff games.

When the news first broke back in May that Nicks had broken his foot, a lot of people wondered how fast he could recover and when he would be available for the 2012 season.

Now that he's fully back and practicing with the team, are the Giants making the right decision to play Nicks in the game on Wednesday and risk an injury?

What if someone steps on Nicks' foot and re-injures his foot? You think it's crazy, but anything can happen in the NFL, and freakier injuries have happened.

I think, in the end, the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin will make the right decision and know what is best for the team if he decides to play Nicks or sits him for one more week.

If Nicks does play, the Giants will need to be careful with him and make sure he leaves the game healthy, because a severe injury to him would be devastating to the offense.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.