Thursday is a big day for NFL injury news.
And on Thursday afternoon, before training, Giants still hit wide receiver quite a bit.
Coach of the Giants Brian Dabol offered an injury update as practice begins — the official injury report will be released later Thursday — and here’s the important information:
• The following players will not practice for a second straight day and appear likely to miss Sunday’s home opener against the Bears: defensive lineman Leonard Williams (sprained MCL) and wide receivers Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and Van’Dale Robinson (knee). .
Williams missed one game. Ditto for Toney, who missed seven games as a rookie last year. Robinson, a rookie, has missed the last two games.
The Giants have a major issue at receiver with injuries to Toney and Robinson, and with Sterling Shepard (torn ACL) now out for the season. They only have four fully healthy receivers on their active roster: David Sills, Richie James, Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton.
• These players didn’t practice Wednesday, but it’s unclear what they’ll do Thursday: outside linebacker Jihad Ward (knee) and cornerbacks Cor’Dale Fleet (calf) and Nick McCloud (hamstring).
Daboll said he felt good about Ward’s chances of playing on Sunday, but sounded hopeful about Fleet – who, like Ward, was injured on Monday against the Cowboys.
Based on Thursday’s open (to reporters) portion of practice, it appears that Ward will be listed as limited or “did not practice,” because while he got work in individual drills, he did not appear to be very active.
• No. 2 outside corner Aaron Robinson continues to move in the right direction. He was limited Wednesday after an appendectomy sidelined him for the last two games. It looks like he will be limited again on Thursday, but still has a legitimate chance to face the Bears.
“He’s going to do a little bit more today,” Daboll said before practice Wednesday. “I hope so [about his chances of playing Sunday]but I think he should get out [during practice]. So we’ll see. We’ll see how he runs, see how he feels and look at a couple of things to see if he’s comfortable. I want to make sure the player feels comfortable.”
A few questions for Robinson, according to Dabol, are stamina and protection of his surgical wound.
Still, Daboll said, “I hope we see him” against the Bears.
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The Giants waived cornerback Fabian Mora from their practice squad on Wednesday, which makes sense given Fleet’s injury and the uncertainty surrounding Aaron Robinson. Maro could be Robinson’s backup on Sunday if Fleet is unable to play.
During the open portion of practice, Robinson looked good in individual drills with Daboll consulting with him. It still appears that Robinson is committed to playing on Sunday.
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