Giants’ Hakeem Nicks Comes Off Physically Unable to Perform List

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was activated from the physically unable to perform list three months after breaking a bone in his right foot and said he’ll be ready for the season-opening game.

Nicks, the second-leading receiver on the Giants’ Super Bowl championship team last season, passed his physical exam yesterday and is eligible to return to practice for the first time since the start of training camp.

The 24-year-old Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on May 24 while running a route during practice and had a screw surgically inserted into the broken bone. Nicks said being activated from the PUP list is an indication he’s on schedule to play in the Giants’ Sept. 5 National Football League regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

“There have been no setbacks,” Nicks told reporters yesterday in Albany, New York. “I’m just going to take it one step at a time and be out there catching passes from Eli (Manning) and eventually getting our timing back.”

Nicks caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns last season, second on the team to Victor Cruz in all three categories. The fourth-year receiver led the Giants with 10 catches for 109 yards in the Super Bowl as New York beat the New England Patriots 21-17.

“It feels good,” Nicks said of his foot injury. “I know it’s probably going to take me getting over it within my head, but that’s going to come with more reps on it and getting those routes down and getting the timing back.”

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