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WR Hakeem Nicks


Q:  Big day?**
A: Yep, big day. Going out there and practice. I'm excited. You know I did a little bit of stuff last week individually, but that's all they would let me do. Today, I get to do some reps with the team, team period, stuff like that.

Q:  How much do you expect to practice today?
A: I think right now they're thinking 50%, so take a couple snaps each period. They want to ease me back into it.

Q:  Thoughts on the mental battle of recovering from an injury:
A: It is. My mind is saying, "Take it easy, but at the same time still be smart about it." Still want to be on pace to make it back for the first [regular season] game. I don't want to have any setbacks. That's the mindset. Still want to progress at the same time though. Get back into the shape that I would like to be in when it comes time for the first game.

Q:  Thoughts on the extended length of the injury:
A: It's kind of what I thought after meeting with the team doctors and trainers, and what their expectations of it were. I'm just having to prepare mentally for it, knowing that I'm the type that's always eager to be on the field, eager to come back quick. So it's just me having to know how to handle the situation. It was a foot injury, so you know being a wide receiver having a foot injury, that's not too cool. At the same time, I just have to bounce back from it, like I did, and the time is here now where I can be back on the field. I'm excited about that.

Q:  Thoughts on playing in the preseason:
A: I still don't know. They'll see how it goes this week in practice, and then let me go out this Friday, but I think it's going to be based on team doctors and coach's decision, and I'm all for whatever they decide. I know they'll decide whatever is best for me.

Q:  How important is playing in the preseason?
A: It's important to get your feet wet before you go out there and play a whole game on it, but at the same time you understand where they're coming from, so whatever they decide, wouldn't hurt anything. I want to go out there and get a few reps, a couple series. That's on our team doctors, our trainers, and Coach Coughlin to decide.

Q:  Are you practicing full out?
A: About 50%. I'll take a couple of snaps each period.

Q:  Are you still worried about the foot, or have you gotten to the point where you can work on your timing with Eli?
A: Yeah, it's progressed to the point where we're working on the timing and stuff now. I've been running routes now for two weeks; I've ran every route in the route book and haven't had a problem. I feel like I need to just go out there and keep taking care of the things that need to be taken care of, stay on top of it.

Q:  Are you full speed yet?
A: Yeah, I'm full speed.

Q:  All these guys have been playing for awhile, how will you feel?
A: I might have some fresh legs, that's the good thing about it, but I'm just excited about being back out there practicing with the team, and I can't wait.

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