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New York Giants News and Notes: Back to Work Edition

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is tackled by Nolan Carroll #28 of the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is tackled by Nolan Carroll #28 of the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Good morning fellow Giants fans. No, the Giants are not back to work this week, but most of you are. We hope you had an excellent Memorial Day weekend. Now for a short work week and a little BBV to help you get through it. Let's see what's happening this morning, starting with the item that is on all Giants' fans minds--Hakeem Nicks...

Is Hakeem Nicks officially 'injury-prone?' - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
But it's not unfair at this point to call the guy injury-prone. It's just not. He's had some kind of physical issue that has cost him some time every year since he entered the league. He's played through pain and injuries and performed well in spite of them, and that's admirable. And labeling a guy as injury-prone doesn't mean he isn't great or can't continue to be.

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks' Foot Surgery Gives Mike Wallace More Reason to Skip OTAs - Behind the Steel Curtain
Reports indicate Giants WR Hakeem Nicks' foot surgery was successful. hat's a good thing for Nicks and the Giants. And Steelers fans should be resigned to understanding why WR Mike Wallace is not participating in OTAs.

I don't agree with this rationale. Nicks could have gotten hurt stepping out of his car, or working out at the gym. You just never know.

Hakeem Nicks of New York Giants had foot surgery Friday, source says - ESPN Dallas
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks underwent surgery on his right foot Friday, a source confirmed to The Giants said Nicks is expected to miss approximately 12 weeks, but a person familiar with the wide receiver's injury told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that it was more of a "four-to-six week" recovery period. The person told Schefter the team's regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5 is still "in play."

Tebow 6,971, Giants 2,104 -- The Way Both Teams Like It - SB Nation New York
Tim Tebow and the New York Jets 6,971. Hakeem Nicks and the New York Giants 2,104. These are the word counts generated by the major stories involving New York's two NFL teams last week, as charted by Sports Illustrated football guru Peter King. King is virtually apoplectic over this turn of events, calling it "Tebowland" and writing in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, "This is where you lose me with the Tebow stuff." Does this surprise anyone other than King? It shouldn't, and it certainly does not surprise me. This is the way both teams like it.

NY Jets linebacker Bart Scott does not want son to play football as NFL continues to battle with concussion issue - NY Daily News
Just a thought: Could Hakeem Nicks’ broken right foot lead the Giants to look into bringing back Plaxico Burress? He’s not returning to the Jets — they’ve already reassigned his locker — and is still on the market as a free agent. He would give the Giants a veteran presence, especially in the red zone.

Ed Valentine will have more thoughts on Myers starting up the rumor mill on Plax again later this morning.

Giants Offseason Report: Is New York Poised To Repeat? -
On paper, it certainly looks like a better Giants team than the one that had been written off throughout the 2011 season. Expectations will be high for the Giants in 2012.

Mark Wiedmer: Eli Manning's Best of Preps visit ties in to a favorite message |
"I've probably spoken to more groups like this one this year than ever before because of the Super Bowl [win over New England in February]," Manning said. "And the most important thing I try to get across to young people -- whether it's athletics, academics, playing in the band, whatever you do -- is that you ultimately get out of something what you put into it. A great work ethic goes a long way."

Ya gotta love Eli, and the Manning family in general. They certainly understand the concept of giving back.

John Dudley: Survey says ... Cowboys need to live up to their reputation | Times-News
The Cowboys were named by 8.8 percent of respondents, compared with the second-place Green Bay Packers, who received 7.2 percent of the vote. The Steelers tied the New York Giants for third.

Harper wants Saints, Spagnuolo to maintain Williams' intensity -
The man charged with rallying the troops is Steve Spagnuolo, the former St. Louis Rams coach and New York Giants coordinator who led Big Blue's defense to a Super Bowl victory in 2007. Darlington: Saints need not worry What's missing from Saints OTAs? Franchise QB Drew Brees. But Jeff Darlington says there's no need to panic ... yet. More ... That resume, and Spagnuolo's air of confidence, appear to be winning over the Saints' veteran players, according to The Times-Picayune.

Lawrence Tynes wowed by bayfront stadium | Pensacola News Journal |
Known for knowing how to use his right foot, New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes got a chance to use his arm. The two-time Super Bowl champion threw out the first pitch before the Blue Wahoos’ contest against the Mississippi Braves on Friday night at the Community Maritime Park stadium. Perhaps he should use that right arm a little bit more. Tynes threw a strike to Wahoos catcher Mark Fleury, but like any good kicker, he didn’t take the field cold.

I'll leave you all with one tidbit from my weekend--at a cookout Monday, my next-door neighbor, who is a Packers' fan, says to me after I told him the Eagles are being picked to win the NFC East again, "I hate the Eagles." My response? "Not as much as I do!" I know you all can relate. Have a great start to the week, everyone.