Nicks aiming to return at start of camp

RYE, N.Y. -- Tom Coughlin called to see how Hakeem Nicks was recovering after surgery to repair his broken fifth metatarsal on Sunday.

Nicks told Coughlin he is pain-free and said he plans to beat the estimated recovery time of three months.

"'I’ll be back for training camp’ were his final words,” Coughlin said at the Giants Foundation golf outing at Westchester Country Club to benefit youth-related charities in the Tri-state area. “I said OK. I would accept a day or two after the start of camp, [that] would be fine.”

“I really appreciated his optimism,” Coughlin added. “He has a cast and is elevated. He told me he was pretty much pain-free.”

Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot last Thursday during the Giants’ second organized team activity workout. Nicks underwent surgery the next day in Charlotte and may not be back on the field until mid August. Training camp begins on July 26 at the University of Albany.

Wide receiver Domenik Hixon said he broke his fifth metatarsal while preparing for the scouting combine before his rookie season and needed three months to recover.

“I had that injury before and he should be back in no time,” Hixon said. “It is not really the healing part, it is getting back in shape and doing all that.”

"[But] he stays in shape so it is not going to be an in-shape thing [for Nicks]," Hixon added. "I was just telling him your calf and everything, make sure all that stays in shape and stays strong."