EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- He was not listed on the pre-practice injury report, nor was he mentioned when coach Tom Coughlin ran down the list of players not practicing Wednesday due to injury. But during the portion of New York Giants practice that was open to the media Wednesday, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was not participating. He was off to the side, riding the exercise bikes with the injured players.
It's unclear what, if anything, would keep Nicks from practicing this week, though he did say he banged knees with Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams during Sunday's game. Williams was called for pass interference on that play, and Nicks sat out a few plays afterward, including the one on which his replacement, Louis Murphy, ran the wrong route on an interception. But Nicks returned to the game and said after that nothing was wrong.
A fresh injury mystery would be another unwelcome twist in a very disappointing season for Nicks, who's eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season. He has not caught a touchdown pass all year and has seen his productivity decline and stagnate since a promising season opener in Dallas. After the play in question Sunday, he appeared to sit and sulk on the sideline until teammates Brandon Jacobs and Andre Brown went over to pick up his spirits. He, other Giants players and Coughlin have declined to explain what that was about. But obviously, if he's going to start missing practice time now, the questions aren't going to stop.
Also missing practice Wednesday were fullback John Conner and cornerback Trumaine McBride with hip flexors, Jacobs with a knee injury, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul with the same shoulder injury that caused him to miss two practices last week, and cornerback Terrell Thomas, who gets a day every week to rest his surgically repaired knee. Coughlin said cornerback Corey Webster, who has missed almost this whole season so far with groin and ankle problems, might do some individual work Wednesday.