A surprised Coughlin expected his wide receiver to be in attendance Wednesday. "I don't know," Coughlin said, via the New York Daily News. "He should be here."
It seems Eli Manning also expected Nicks present and ready for OTAs.
"You know, I had no reason to think he wasn't going to be here," Manning told The Record's Art Stapleton.
It's not clear why Nicks is staying away from practice. He was at a New York charity event Tuesday night. Nicks told reporters a week ago that he was feeling as good as he has felt in awhile, but he still was likely to be limited this week after undergoing offseason knee surgery.
Nicks' absence means the Giants are without their top two receivers in OTAs, as unsigned restricted free agent Victor Cruz also is missing. Both players are entering contract years, though there's no indication that Nicks is dissatisfied with the pace of negotiations.
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