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22 Nov 2010

Hakeem Nicks Out with Compartment Syndrome

Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks will be out at least three weeks after getting hit in the leg during last night's game. He has something called "Compartment Syndrome," which is the same problem Jason Taylor had during his season with the Redskins. That only cost Taylor two games, but it required constant treatment and Taylor's effectiveness was down for the whole season.

(Note: Compartment syndome is apparently swelling in the lower leg that compresses nerves and blood vessels, possibly causing permanent damage.)

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 22 Nov 2010

25 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2010, 3:25pm by Terri


by rdy4thefiesta :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 5:37pm

My first thought when I heard this a minute ago: "F-bomb, F-bomb, F-Bomb"

This leaves Manningham, Calhoun, and Hagan, and Reynaud as the only healthy receivers on the roster (I'm assuming Reynaud is still around). These are the Giants' third, seventh, and eighth best receivers and a returner.

The defense is going to have to play really well the next few weeks until Smith, Nicks, Diehl, and O'Hara get back.

by Theo :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 6:35pm

you can say fuck on the internet

by Quincy :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 9:20pm

I think it's his thoughts that are censored and he was just transcribing them accurately.

by tuluse :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 9:42pm

You can say almost whatever you want in most settings. Still doesn't make it polite or acceptable.

by Dean :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 10:08am

Since when has that mattered on the internet?

Here, we're all 6-4, and 250 lbs of solid muscle just waiting to meet you in the parking lot and beat you up if you have the audacity to disagree.

by Boo-urns (not verified) :: Fri, 11/26/2010 - 10:41am

I'm only 6'2", 220. But I have a black belt in karate and tae kwan do, and used to be an ultimate fighter, but I got banned for being too dangerous.

by JasonK :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 5:48pm

Giants probably won't have a particularly high AGL this season, but when the injuries you do have almost all come at 2 position groupings (WR and OL) it really hurts.

WRs for the Giants who will probably miss the next 2+ games:
Steve Smith
Hakeem Nicks
Domenik Hixon (torn ACL in camp; IR)
Victor Cruz (was just hurt enough to stash on IR to make some roster room before all the other WRs started dropping)
Ramses Barden (Broken ankle; IR)

The good news is that Smith and Nicks will be back before the end of the season, and that the next couple games aren't against top-flight competition (JAX, WAS, @MIN). But playing the game with the pre-season #3 (Manningham), #6 (Calhoun), and a guy who was cut in training camp (Hagan) as your top-3 guys makes any game difficult.

by loneweasel (not verified) :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 5:55pm

Public service announcement:

Don't ever click on any images of compartment syndrome treatments.

by Ewout (not verified) :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 6:09pm

Holy crap! YUCK!!
(that's right, don't look up the pictures)

curiosity is killing you now, I know, but really: don't!

by drobviousso :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 6:17pm

Totally not yucky picture and description in The Carrol Guide to Sports Injuries, on sale now, up and to the left.

by billsfan :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 8:27pm

It's called a "fasciotomy" to simplify your Googling. And I just thought that was what they did to Mussolini.

(I also like the Eagles)

by Bobman :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 12:49pm

Not sure, but I DO know that when he was constipated, his dottore prescribed some innuendo.

Bonus points for anyone who works in a joke using gthe medical procedure known as adadicktome.

/juvenile humor (for now)

by Purds :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 10:18pm

Now you can see why I never deemed my compartment syndrome problems "acute." In college I would get (and still do get) numbness in my foot caused by swelling in the right calf when exercising hard-- the likely by product of being a high hurdler for 10 years, all leading with that right leg slamming down on the track. I got to sit in a lot of cold whirlpools back in the day.

I did have a buddy who played collegiate basketball need to have the surgery on both calves, and the scars were really long and obvious, but it allowed him to be active.

by the cat in the box is dead (not verified) :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 4:20am

Well, I have to now, I mean how bad can it be- oh god that's terrible.

by Toast Patterson (not verified) :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 5:58pm

Eli has looked lost the last couple weeks without Smith. Now no Nicks or Smith? Oof. I'll be surprised if they score more than 17 points against Jax, Wash or Minny.

by dmb :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 10:34am

I don't think you've watched the Jaguars or Redskins try to play defense this year...

by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 6:43pm


My fantasy team is crying right now.

by Dean :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 10:09am

I'm sure Nicks will rehab extra just to try to get back so that your precious fantasy team doesn't suffer.

by Marko :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 7:24pm

Brian Urlacher had compartment syndrome in 2004. He missed two games.

by Coaldale Joe :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 2:18am

Yes, but compartment syndrome missed the rest of the season.

by Mark S. (not verified) :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 12:25pm

Ugh. That might be the dagger. One too many injuries for the G-Men to overcome. Probable top 3 wideouts for the next 2 weeks: Manningham, Hagan, and Duke Calhoun. Actually, they should probably move Beckum to the slot WR position. probably won't matter though - between this and the patchwork OL, both aspects of their offense are now hamstrung.

by BucNasty :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 4:09pm

I heard they just signed Michael Clayton.

by Raiderjoe :: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 9:05pm

yessum. taht is right. maybe clayton will reemerge from woofwork and do somethingh good for nyg

by chrismolina6 (not verified) :: Sat, 11/27/2010 - 12:56am

I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome. Not only that but 2 days before I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome, some kid playing soccer shattered my leg. He broke my fibula and tibia. Compartment syndrome is horrible. It's been now 8 months since I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome and I haven't played any sports. Nicks is definitely out for the whole season. It's a bummer being injured especially when you're a professional.

by Terri (not verified) :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 3:25pm

My son had compartment syndrome which went undected by thestupid doctors in our small town. He had to have the muscle in his lower leg removed completely. He now will have drop foot the rest of his life and has to wear a brace to be able to pick up his foot.