The Giants released an estimated injury report on Friday as they had a visit, rather than a full practice, in preparation for Monday night’s home game against the Cowboys.
But there was one change — and a notable change, at that — from Thursday’s initial Week 3 injury report: wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was listed as “not s ‘not training’.
He could therefore tend not to play on Monday.
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Toney has struggled to stay healthy and available since the Giants drafted him 20th overall last year. He missed seven games as a rookie but played in both games this year for his 2-0 team. Still, he didn’t do much.
The Giants will practice on Saturday, then release their final injury report for Monday night.
Toney was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, then was demoted on Friday. The Giants practiced on Wednesday, and although they didn’t have to release an official injury report, coach Brian Daboll said before practice that Toney would not attend due to hamstring pain. -legs.
Two days later, Toney’s hamstrings apparently haven’t improved. And it could have gotten worse.
Before we learn more about Toney and his health, here’s Friday’s injury report, which looks like a normal Thursday injury report:
Did not practice
CB Justin Layne (concussion)
CB Nick McCloud (hamstrings)
CB Aaron Robinson (appendix)
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee)
WR Kadarius Toney (hamstrings)
DL Leonard Williams (MCL sprain)
S Dane Belton (clavicle)
C Jon Feliciano (shin)
OLB Azeez Ojulari (calf)
S Jason Pinnock (shoulder)
OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (MCL sprain)
Considering the injury report is the same as Thursday’s – with the exception of Toney – all players who haven’t trained anymore obviously tend not to play, while limited participants (notably Ojulari and Thibodeaux) tend to play.
Although Toney has played both games this season, he has recently struggled with a hamstring issue. Ahead of the Week 2 win over the Panthers, Toney’s hamstrings tightened in practice Thursday. He was limited in that practice, having not been listed on the injury report earlier this season. Toney was restricted again on Friday of Week 2.
And although he was listed as questionable, he played in the game against Carolina. He got 28 of 73 snaps, after getting just seven of 60 snaps in the Week 1 win over the Titans.
Toney this season has two catches for zero yards and two carries for 23 yards. Last season, he had 420 receiving yards and 6 rushing yards. He is yet to score a touchdown in the NFL, while playing in 12 of a possible 19 games. In short, it was a huge disappointment.
Ahead of his sophomore season, Toney was limited by a leg injury throughout training camp – the same leg as his currently ailing hamstring. He hasn’t played any pre-season games this summer.
And he underwent knee arthroscopy in the offseason, but apparently recovered before suffering the leg injury that hampered him this summer.
It’s been one thing after another for Toney, basically since the Giants drafted him. Still, he declared himself completely healthy ahead of this season’s opener in Nashville.
If Toney doesn’t play Monday against Dallas, his disappointing career so far will be in the spotlight, as Cowboys rusher Micah Parsons is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Dallas picked him 12th overall last year, when the Giants moved back from No. 11 to No. 20 and picked Toney.
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In that move back with the Bears, the Giants also got this year’s No. 7 pick, which they used to take right tackle Evan Neal, whose diligence encouraged his teammates, though it remains unclear – as it is still very early in his career – if he will become a reliable starter.
To date, Toney has been anything but reliable.
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