SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants makes a reception in the second half against Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Patriots aren't the only team that could be hampered by a Conference Championship injury to one of their key offensive playmakers. In the New York Giants' game against the San Fransisco 49ers, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks suffered a shoulder injury.
Nicks didn't practice at all last week, and is currently listed as questionable for Super Bowl XLVI. However, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that Nicks is expected to play:
Though Nicks returned, he didn't practice last week and, like Gronkowski, Nicks has been given the 50-50 "questionable" designation for Sunday.
Per a league source, Nicks is expected to play. Though it's unclear whether his range of motion will be limited, the source was optimistic that Nicks will be "fine."
No surprises here. But like we will need to keep an eye on Rob Gronkowski's ankles, we will also need to play particular attention to Nicks' shoulder. If Nicks isn't at 100%, it could limit the Giants' effectiveness in their 3-WR sets.