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Nicks had just one catch on five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 51-34 loss at Pittsburgh.

Considering Nicks started for an injured Reggie Wayne (elbow) and Andrew Luck threw for 400 yards, it was a very disappointing performance from the veteran wideout. Meanwhile, rookie Donte Moncrief busted out in a big way Sunday, catching seven passes (on 12 targets) for 113 yards and a touchdown. Interestingly, Moncrief looks and plays like Nicks in his prime; a big player with good speed that can win jump balls in traffic. The Colts have been loyal to their veteran players in the past, so while Nicks might not be completely phased out of the offense, it would be a surprise if Moncrief isn't used more moving forward, regardless of Wayne's status.

Hakeem Nicks WR IND 2 Months

Nicks is slated to start in place of Reggie Wayne on Sunday against the Steelers, the Indianapolis Star reports.

With Wayne (who has recorded 62 targets in seven games to date) out Sunday, fellow wideout T.Y. Hilton will remain busy as usual, with both Nicks and Donte Moncrief now in line for added looks in the Colts' Week 8 offense.

Hakeem Nicks WR IND 2 Months

With Reggie Wayne (elbow) declared out for Sunday's game, Nicks is expected to see increased targets against the Steelers.

Andrew Luck has thrown Wayne's way nearly nine times per game, so those looks have to go somewhere, and Nicks and Donte Moncrief are the most likely beneficiaries. Pittsburgh's pass defense has been up and down this season (13th in yards allowed), but Luck and the Colts' passing attack have proven they can be successful against pretty much any defense.

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Nicks caught 2-of-7 targets for 18 yards in Thursday's 33-28 win over the Texans.

Nicks has logged well over half of the snaps in a prolific passing offense, but he's far behind T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne in the pecking order, and has been rather inefficient with his 31 targets this season. Never the quickest receiver, Nicks is struggling to get separation from defensive backs, as was the case in 2012 and 2013.

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Nicks had just three receptions on six targets for 29 yards in Sunday's win over Baltimore.

Nicks still hasn't had more than 50 yards in any one game this year, although he's capable of putting up bigger numbers with Andrew Luck running a strong offense. On the other hand, Luck has so many weapons at his disposal, and Nicks appears to have lost a step, at least form the naked eye.

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Nicks caught just two passes (on six targets) for 12 yards Sunday versus the Titans.

Nicks is listed as the Colts' No. 3 receiver and his six targets Sunday only ranked behind T.Y. Hilton (10) and Reggie Wayne (eight), but Nicks failed to make much of an impact against the Titans. In fact, through four games with the Colts, Nicks is yet to top 50 yards, even though his two touchdowns have certainly been useful for fantasy owners. Looking ahead, Nicks will face the Ravens in Week 5.

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Nicks caught all four passes thrown his way for 50 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Jaguars.

Nicks bounced back from his minus-four yards in Week 2 to score his second touchdown in three games, a huge total considering he failed to score at all last year in 15 games. Nicks' touchdown came on a goal-line throw to put the Colts up 37-3 and given his size, he could continue to get looks from in close. Up next is a tough matchup against a Titans defense that has been very good against the pass this season.

Hakeem Nicks WR IND 3 Months

Nicks (illness) is active for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, ESPN reports.

Nicks missed practice on Thursday and Friday, but got another day of rest Saturday and looks set to play. However, it's not clear if he'll be at full strength.

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Nicks (illness) did not participate in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable this week against Jacksonville.

Nicks has missed the last two practices due to an illness. He still has time to get healthy and there's no word the ailment is serious, but check his status before kickoff.

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Nicks (illness) was not spotted at Friday's practice, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Nicks sat out Thursday's practice with the illness, and it appears he will sit out for the second straight day. Despite the missed practice time, he still has a chance to play Sunday given that he is dealing with an illness and not a structural setback.