The North Carolina native was excited about playing in front of his family, and you have to feel for him a little, but there's little denying this is a huge break for the Carolina Panthers. Nicks is more than a 1,000 yard receiver, he's the catalyst for Victor Cruz getting free release, and a huge reason why the Giants' passing offense ticks.
Much like we saw in week one against Tampa Bay, the Panthers are still a team who are ill equipped to handle multiple receivers at once, as their secondary continues to mature. It's not an indictment of Josh Norman, the Panthers 5th round rookie, but veterans find ways of exploiting young players; ask Amini Silatolu following week one.
Early reports indicate that rookie Reuben Randle will get the start in Nicks' stead, which evens up the competition greatly. New York's offense will be decidedly less potent without Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl, Domenik Hixon, and now Hakeem Nicks. The Panthers are dealing with their own injury concerns, but for now the game got a lot easier.