EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It would not get any simpler for quarterback Daniel Jones and the injury-plagued New York Giants offense this week. They are going to be with out operating again Saquon Barkley and extensive receivers Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay on Sunday after they host the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium.
It is going to be the second consecutive recreation that Barkley (ankle) and Golladay (knee) miss. Toney (ankle) left final Sunday’s 38-11 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams after he aggravated a earlier harm.
Toney, a first-round draft decide earlier this 12 months, is the Giants’ main receiver. He has 23 catches for 317 yards regardless of not taking part in a lot the primary two weeks of the season.
Barkley leads the Giants with three complete touchdowns regardless of taking part in solely 4 video games from begin to end.
However a minimum of the Giants seem prone to have tight finish Evan Engram (calf) and extensive receivers Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) out there. They’re among the many Giants listed as questionable. So is speedy however oft-injured receiver John Ross (hamstring).
Engram and Shepard appeared on the harm report Thursday with accidents that pressured them to overlook video games earlier this 12 months. Coach Joe Choose downplayed it on Friday.
“We’ve got to place each little factor on the harm report. So a number of issues get thrown on there,” Choose stated of Engram after he didn’t observe the day prior to this. “Only a regular nick and bump popping out of video games, issues which might be aggravated at observe from the video games. So [Thursday] was a day we needed to restrict him just a little bit.”
Shepard and Slayton have been a minimum of restricted members in each observe this week. Slayton indicated Friday that he expects to return after lacking three video games with a hamstring harm.
“Yeah, I really feel good,” he stated, earlier than including that he had week of observe.
Whereas the Giants would possibly elect for Slayton to undergo one final pregame take a look at on Sunday, Choose is “optimistic” in regards to the speedy receiver returning towards the Panthers.
It is encouraging for the Giants’ offense, which is able to nonetheless be lacking maybe its three most harmful weapons in Barkley, Toney and Golladay. That is a number of offense on the sideline.
Barkley has progressed slowly since struggling a low ankle sprain on Oct. 10 towards the Dallas Cowboys. He didn’t observe in any respect this week, and he by no means obtained near returning towards the Panthers.
Neither did Golladay nor Toney. It leaves the Giants with out vital firepower in per week after they already put beginning left sort out Andrew Thomas (foot/ankle) on injured reserve.
Choose stated earlier within the week they “all made progress.” However it wasn’t sufficient to get again on the sphere this week. The Giants have two extra video games — subsequent Monday evening at Kansas Metropolis and vs. Las Vegas — earlier than their bye week.
It is attainable a few of the high-profile trio won’t return till they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the bye on Nov. 22.