Nicks plans to be in Giants lineup opening day

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks insists that a recent broken foot will not keep him out of the New York Giants' season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5.

Speaking on a telephone conference call a week after breaking his right foot, Nicks said his healing process should be quicker than the 12 weeks estimated by doctors. However, he is not going to push it and risk re-injuring it.

Nicks broke the fifth metatarsal of his right foot last Thursday running a hook pass pattern during the team's second organized team activity. The four-year veteran had surgery the next day, with Dr. Robert Anderson inserting a screw into the broken bone.

With a 12-week recovery scenario, Nicks would be ready to return in mid-August, days after the Giants return from training camp at the University at Albany.