New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, left, talks to safety Xavier McKinney (29) during the second day of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

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Giants get WR back, lose two for season during bye week

The bye week was painful for the New York Giants.

Safety Xavier McKinney is out for weeks with a hand injury suffered while on an ATV tour during the week off and the Giants also lost defensive tackle Nick Williams in a more traditional method; he suffered a torn biceps at Seattle before the bye week.

“I feel bad for Xavier. Disappointed that he got injured. And he’ll do everything he can do to get back and be ready to go,” Giants head coach Brian Daboll said. “I feel bad for him. I feel bad for us. I know he’s disappointed. But we can’t do anything about that now.”

Daboll said Tuesday the Giants also confirmed cornerback Aaron Robinson (knee) would be out for the season. He was injured in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears.

McKinney, the team’s defensive co-captain and on-field play caller, was placed on the non-football injury list and cannot return before Dec. 11. Daboll said he would miss at least the mandatory four games but wouldn’t disclose the nature of the injury incurred while riding an ATV in Mexico.

The Giants did get some potential good news with wide receiver Kenny Golladay back at practice. Golladay, the purported lead receiver for the Giants, last practiced two days before New York beat the Bears (Week 4) due to a sprained knee.

Offensive guard Shane Lemieux, the starter on the left side, has been out with a foot injury since Aug. 11 but was able to practice Tuesday. The Giants are likely to take their time with Lemieux, who started in 2020 as a rookie and suffered a knee injury in 2021.

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Sep 18, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WRs Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney out vs. Ravens

The New York Giants ruled out wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney and three defensive backs for Sunday’s game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

The team confirmed Friday that Golladay (knee) and Toney (hamstring) will sit out, as will safeties Tony Jefferson (foot) and Jason Pinnock (ankle) and cornerback Cor’Dale Flott (calf).

Linebacker Azeez Ojulari (calf) is doubtful, while tight end Tanner Hudson (illness), wideout Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee) are all questionable.

Neither Golladay nor Toney has caught a pass since the season opener, yet the Giants are 4-1 heading into their Week 6 contest against the Ravens (3-2).

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Oct 1, 2022; London, United Kingdom; An image of New York Giants receiver Kenny Golladay (19) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The venue will play host to the NFL International Series games between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints (Oct. 2, 2022) and the Giants and the Green Bay Packers (Oct. 9, 2022). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Kenny Golladay (MCL) to miss London trip

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay is not expected to travel to London this week, leaving the team short on options at the position against the Green Bay Packers.

The Week 5 matchup on Sunday comes with plenty of question marks for the Giants (3-1), who finished their win last week with quarterback Daniel Jones limited to handoffs and running back Saquon Barkley lining up as the Wildcat QB due to injuries.

Golladay is in the midst of a disappointing season with two receptions for 22 yards, stats he collected in Week 1. The Giants are playing without Sterling Shepard (torn ACL) and Barkley and Richie James share the team lead with 15 receptions.

NFL Network reported Golladay could be hindered by the knee sprain for multiple weeks.

New York managed a 20-12 win over the Bears last week with nine total pass completions and 82 yards through the air.

The status for both Jones (ankle) and backup Tyrod Taylor (concussion) remains up in the air.

New York held free agent workouts involving multiple positions on Tuesday.

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Sep 26, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) tries to catch the ball as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (3) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Kenny Golladay laments dropping ball

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay decried first-year head coach Brian Daboll’s decision to focus on wideouts Richie James and David Sills in the first two weeks of the season.

Golladay, the team’s highest-paid receiver in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract, was irate after not being targeted by quarterback Daniel Jones in Week 2. “I should be playing regardless. That’s a fact,” Golladay said.

When the opportunity came against the Dallas Cowboys on “Monday Night Football,” Golladay dropped it. Quite literally.

On third down in the fourth quarter, Jones targeted Golladay for the third time in the game on an in-cutting route with room to run. Jones put the ball on Golladay’s hands but the third-and-13 pass was dropped.

“Me just trying to make a play for the team and get up the field. I was running before I really secured the ball,” Golladay said after the game. “That’s pretty much all that that was. That’s stuff that can’t happen, especially when 8 is pretty much doing everything to get us the ball and to get us in position to win the football game. I want to be a guy that can make that play, so I definitely put that on myself. It was third down and that can’t happen.

“It’s very difficult. I’m beating myself up about it. I definitely wish I could have it back.”

Daboll never went back to Golladay, who didn’t play another snap in Monday’s 23-16 home loss to the Cowboys. But with Sterling Shepard (knee) expected to miss the rest of the season, the Giants might need to ignore Golladay’s desire to be traded. He was signed by previous general manager Dave Gettleman to provide big plays down the field.

But the Giants have only one pass play this season over 25 yards; Shepard scored on a 65-yard connection with Jones in Week 1.

James leads the Giants with 14 receptions (17 targets) and Sills has five receptions for 57 yards (eight targets). Golladay hasn’t caught a pass since Week 1 and stands at two receptions (five targets) in three games.

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Jun 7, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) participates in a drill during minicamp at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Kenny Golladay snaps over snap counts

One man’s treasure when he signed a $72 million contract with the New York Giants, wide receiver Kenny Golladay spent the past few days wondering if he might be ticketed for the recycle bin.

Golladay played two offensive snaps in the Giants’ win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and exited the locker room during the 15-minute “cooling off” period afforded players before media gain access to the area.

“I didn’t agree with it,” Golladay said Wednesday of first-year coach Brian Daboll’s decision to keep him off the field. “I should be playing regardless. That’s a fact.”

Targeted twice in Week 1, Golladay caught two passes for 22 yards at Tennessee but led the wide receiver group with 46 snaps. He wasn’t targeted in Week 2, when Sterling Shepard had six receptions and 10 targets. Richie James leads the Giants in receptions with 10 for 110 yards.

“Little confusing,” Golladay said. “I came here to play.”

Golladay has a $21.2 million cap hit in 2022 but injuries, including a hip problem that derailed his 2020 season and lower-body ailments last year, might be limiting him from returning to the version that caught 11 touchdowns with 1,190 yards for the Detroit Lions in 2019.

Daboll said he continues to stress to Golladay and all of his players that playing time will be based on “continual competition,” adding that David Sills V earned his playing time against the Panthers. He led all receivers in the game with 67 offensive snaps.

Entering the second year of a four-year deal with $40 million guaranteed, Golladay was signed to be the No. 1 receiver by former general manager Dave Gettleman.

New Giants general manager Joe Schoen and Golladay were seen chatting before Wednesday’s practice and the conversation ended with a fist bump.

Asked at his locker after practice if he intends to request a trade, Golladay said, “We’ll see how it goes.”

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Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) looks on before the game against New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley, WR Kenny Golladay out vs. Chiefs

The New York Giants officially ruled out running back Saquon Barkley, receiver Kenny Golladay and three others for Monday night’s game at Kansas City.

Barkley (ankle), Golladay (knee), linebackers Lorenzo Carter (ankle) and Carter Coughlin (ankle) and defensive back Nate Ebner (ankle) will not be in action for the Giants (2-5) against the Chiefs (3-4).

Wide receivers Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) and tight end Kaden Smith (knee) are all listed as questionable.

Barkley and Golladay haven’t played since Week 5. Barkley, 24, has rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 130 yards and one score in five starts this season.

Golladay, 27, has 17 receptions for 282 yards and no touchdowns in five starts.

Carter, 25, has 20 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in seven starts.

Coughlin, 24, plays primarily on special teams and has six tackles in seven games.

Ebner, 32, has only played on special teams this season and has two tackles in six games.

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Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) looks on before the game against New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley, two WRs ruled out vs. Panthers

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley and wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

Barkley (ankle) and Golladay (knee) will both miss a second straight game with their respective injuries. Toney, who leads the team with 317 receiving yards, aggravated an ankle injury in New York’s 38-11 setback to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday.

Wide receivers Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and John Ross are questionable with hamstring injuries, while tight end Evan Engram also received that designation as he deals with an ailing calf.

Shepard was able to play last week against the Rams and finished with 10 catches for 76 yards. Slayton did not play last week, while Ross was held without a catch and Engram had just three receptions for 24 yards.

The injury-riddled Giants (1-5) will look for more production from Devontae Booker, who paced the ground attack with 12 carries for 41 yards last week.

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Aug 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball during warmups before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard added to injury report

Tight end Evan Engram and wide receiver Sterling Shepard joined the New York Giants’ growing injury report on Thursday.

A calf injury prevented Engram from participating in Thursday’s practice, one day after he logged a full session. He missed the Giants’ first two games of the season with a calf injury as well.

Engram, 27, has 14 receptions for 127 yards and no touchdowns in four games this season. He has 230 catches for 2,547 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns since being selected by New York with the 23rd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Shepard was limited on Thursday while dealing with a hamstring issue. He returned to action last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams after missing the two previous games with a hamstring injury.

Shepard, 28, leads the team with 28 catches to go along with 299 receiving yards and one touchdown in four games this season.

The two players joined an injured list that includes star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Kenny Golladay (knee). Those three players did not practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

On the relatively bright side, wideouts Darius Slayton (hamstring) and John Ross (hamstring) were limited on Thursday after failing to participate in practice the previous day.

The injury-riddled Giants (1-5) host the Carolina Panthers (3-3) on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) leaves the field on a cart with an injury in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones in concussion protocol

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is in concussion protocol one day after being injured during Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Jones was injured when he attempted to score on a running play in the second quarter. He was stopped at the 1-yard line after he collided with Dallas linebacker Jabril Cox.

Jones headed toward the sideline and paused and bent over at his waist near two officials. When he resumed walking, he stumbled and quickly was attended to and eventually was carted off with 2:58 remaining.

“In terms of Daniel, he’s in the protocol,” Giants coach Joe Judge told reporters on Monday. “So, we won’t know anything officially on where he’s at until later in the week. He’s gotta take his steps by the league mandate he has to go through. We’ll kinda wait patiently and get the other guys ready as we wait on him. Hopefully he gets the opportunity to play.”

Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) also was carted off during the contest. He was injured in the opening quarter after two carries for 9 yards.

Judge said the 1-4 team was waiting for a diagnosis on Barkley but that X-rays came back fine.

“It was a little bit of a sigh of relief,” Judge said.

Receiver Kenny Golladay departed with a hyperextended knee while rookie cornerback Rodarius Williams torn the ACL in his knee.

Also, receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have missed the past two games with hamstring injuries. And rookie Kadarius Toney tweaked an ankle against the Cowboys and his status won’t be known until later in the week.

Mike Glennon replaced Jones at quarterback against Dallas and completed 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He would be in line to start Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams if Jones isn’t cleared.

The 24-year-old Jones was 5-of-13 passing for 98 yards before exiting. He has passed for 1,282 yards, four touchdowns and one interception and also leads the Giants with 197 rushing yards. Jones has two rushing touchdowns.

Barkley, 24, had returned to full form after missing most of 2020 with a torn ACL he suffered in Week 2. He has 195 rushing yards on 54 carries with two touchdowns.

The 27-year-old Golladay was targeted three times in the first half on Sunday but didn’t have any receptions. He has 17 catches for 282 yards this season.

Shepard has 18 receptions for 223 yards and one score and Slayton has seven catches for 127 yards and one touchdown.

Toney has a team-best 20 catches. He is second with 281 yards.

Toney posted season highs of 10 catches for 189 yards against Dallas before being ejected in fourth quarter for throwing a punch at Dallas safety Damontae Kazee.

Williams, a sixth-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State, had one tackle.

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Sep 16, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) attempts to make a catch as Washington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Kenny Golladay: I was yelling at Jason Garrett, not Daniel Jones

New York Giants receiver Kenny Golladay said his outburst during Thursday night’s 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team was aimed at offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and not quarterback Daniel Jones.

Television cameras caught Golladay yelling on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of the NFC East battle. Jones was seen looking at Golladay during the incident.

“Pretty much just me just talking to (Garrett) a little bit,” Golladay told reporters on Monday. “That is two competitive guys right there. Moreso just me wanting to do anything I can. Not so much get me the ball more.”

Golladay was targeted eight times during the contest. He had three catches for 38 yards and also dropped a pass.

Golladay, who signed a four-year, $72 million deal with New York in the offseason, said his tantrum was out of character.

“I’ve never done anything like that either,” said the fifth-year pro, who was a Pro Bowl selection for the Detroit Lions in 2019. “Really just passion. Just being a competitor. I want to do anything I can to help the team and I let the emotions get the best of me.”

Second-year coach Joe Judge on Monday downplayed the situation, surely figuring his 0-2 team doesn’t need a distraction that the New York tabloids could have a field day with.

“You guys asked me the other night about Kenny, there was no argument on the sideline,” Judge said. “There was no him versus Daniel or anything of that nature. This is a guy that in the heat of the moment, you speak very passionately. You kind of speak with some emotion. I speak with emotion on the sideline. There was no blowup or anything that has to be made of it.

“I understand sometimes the perceptions will be what they are, but like I said the other day, there’s no issue there.”

Jones didn’t seem to dispute the incident in his comment to reporters.

“There’s lots of ways to communicate and we’ll work through it,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of emotions to the game and I certainly understand that. Me and Kenny have a great relationship and I know we can communicate and do what we need to do there. I appreciate his passion and emotion.”

Golladay has seven receptions for 102 yards this season for the Giants, who host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

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