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WR Hakeem Nicks - 10/11

Q:  Could you play in the game without practicing once?
A:  That hasn't been determined.  We're just focused on getting better right now.  When that comes, we'll decide.

Q:  Do you think you could?
A:  I think I could compete whenever I'm called on.  It isn't like I haven't been working off the field.  I've been running as much as I can on the elliptical and the bike, pool work, whatever I can do, I've been doing.  I'm not really worried about that part.

Q:  Any pain or stiffness or lack of flexibility?
A:  I'm not really trying to talk about injuries too much.  My mentality is that I'm playing alright.  We'll see tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be a deciding factor, hopefully that answers all the questions I've been asking.  Right now, I'm just going through the course and stuff like that.  It's still a matter of me just getting back out there.

Q:  With the stuff you've been able to do, do you feel rusty?
A:  I really just went out there trying to see if I was showing any favoritism.  I wasn't trying to see if I was catching every pass or anything like that.  It was just a matter of if I was compensating.  I felt pretty good today so it wasn't really up for me to decide.  I need to go out there tomorrow, have a full practice. If I go through that, it'll be good.

Q:  How anxious are you to see how the knee responds?
A:  I'm ready to see.  It's been three games and I'm ready to get back out there.  I have to be patient, and patience is a virtue.  I've been down this road before, it's not anything new.  I need to get back right.

Q:  Is the ankle still a problem or just the knee?
A:  I'm just trying to get my body back right.  I'm not going to go into any details with my injuries right now.

Q:  Was last year's game with San Francisco one of the most physical games you've ever been a part of?
A:  Probably so.  The NFC Championship Game, it was.  It was the most physical game of definitely last season.  Defensive game, hard-hitting, the weather…it was a tough game.


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