Sep 16, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants center Nick Gates (65) reacts after suffering an apparent leg injury against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants OL Nick Gates returns from broken leg

New York Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates will reportedly be activated Wednesday, more than 13 months after sustaining a gruesome leg fracture.

Gates, who recently told ESPN he was “feeling great,” is on the physically unable to perform list. The team opened his practice window three weeks ago.

His long road to recovery included seven surgeries after fracturing his left fibula and tibula during a Week 2 loss at Washington on Sept. 16, 2021. A setback this spring forced the rod in his leg to be removed.

The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Gates, who turns 27 next month, has appeared in 34 games (21 starts) since he joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in May 2018.

Gates’ activation comes with right tackle Evan Neal and left guard Ben Bredeson both exiting Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars with knee injuries.

The Giants (6-1) bring a four-game win streak into their Week 8 game Sunday against the host Seattle Seahawks (4-3). New York has a bye in Week 9.

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New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger (82) grabs his face after a tackle by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd (33) which took Bellinger out of the game with an injury to his face late in the second quarter. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the New York Giants at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, October 23, 2022. The Jaguars trailed at the half 11 to 13. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Report: Giants TE Daniel Bellinger sustains facial fracture

New York Giants rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger sustained a facial fracture in Sunday’s win at Jacksonville, ESPN reported Monday.

He exited the Giants’ 23-17 victory after a hit by Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd in the second quarter. He grabbed at his face after the tackle and eventually was carted to the locker room.

Bellinger, a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, suffered a fracture around the eye socket and septum, per the report.

He tallied one catch for 13 yards at Jacksonville and has 16 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns in seven games (six starts). He also rushed for a 2-yard touchdown in the Week 5 win at Green Bay.

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Aug 21, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants T Evan Neal sustains MCL injury

The initial diagnosis for New York Giants rookie right tackle Evan Neal is an MCL injury that could sideline him for multiple games, NFL Network reported.

The 2022 first-round pick got rolled up on during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and limped to the sideline medical tent.

Neal was taken to the locker room on a cart and ruled out for the remainder of the game in Jacksonville.

Neal, 22, will get an MRI to determine the extent of the knee injury.

Drafted seventh overall out of Alabama, the 6-foot-7, 350-pounder has started every game this season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard on the field for warm ups before the Giants face the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard activated from PUP list

The New York Giants activated wide receiver Sterling Shepard from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

Head coach Brian Daboll said Shepard will return to practice for the first time since tearing his left Achilles tendon in December.

“It will be good to have him out there,” Daboll said.

Shepard was injured during a Week 15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and finished the season with 36 catches for 366 yards and one touchdown in seven games.

Shepard, 29, has recorded 349 receptions for 3,884 yards and 21 touchdowns in 72 games since being selected in the second round of the NFL draft in 2016.

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Giants sign veteran OT Will Holden

The New York Giants added veteran offensive tackle Will Holden to the roster on Friday.

The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman replaces tackle Matt Gono, who was placed on the left squad/exempt list on Wednesday.

Holden, 28, has played in 27 games (nine starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2017-18), Indianapolis Colts (2020), Baltimore Ravens (2020) and Detroit Lions (2021).

Arizona drafted him in the fifth round in 2017 and he played in a career-high 14 games last season with Detroit.

The Giants waived defensive tackle Niko Lalos to make room for Holden on the 90-man roster.

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Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Justin Hilliard (47) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants LB Justin Hilliard suspended two games

New York Giants linebacker Justin Hilliard was suspended for the first two games of the 2022 season, NFL Network reported Friday, after he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Hilliard, who went undrafted out of Ohio State, made his NFL debut last season and played in two games with the Giants. He played on 15 special-teams snaps.

Hilliard, 25, was waived by the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 31 of last year and signed by the Giants a day later. He was placed on injured reserve in mid-October due to an ankle injury.

He will be eligible to join the Giants on Sept. 19, one day following their Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers.

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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) on the field for organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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Report: Giants WR Kadarius Toney had knee procedure

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney reportedly is recovering from a minor knee procedure.

Toney was wearing a red no-contact jersey during organized team activities this week following arthroscopic surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Toney, 23, was the Giants’ first-round pick (20th overall) in 2021. He caught 39 passes for 420 yards and no scores in 10 games (four starts) during his rookie season.

He got off to a slow start last season after a July stint on the COVID-19 list and missed six of the last seven games due to an ankle injury.

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Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins (88) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Giants agree to terms with TE Jordan Akins

The New York Giants agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent tight end Jordan Akins, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Financial details were not available for the contract, which is pending the results of a physical.

Akins, who turned 30 on Tuesday, caught 24 passes for 214 yards in 13 games (three starts) in his fourth season with the Houston Texans in 2021.

He has 114 career receptions for 1,260 yards and three touchdowns in 58 games (23 starts) since Houston drafted him in the third round in 2018.

Akins joins a tight end depth chart in New York that includes Ricky Seals-Jones, Jake Hausmann and Chris Myarick.

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Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale  during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. The  Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants hiring Wink Martindale as DC

The New York Giants plan to hire former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to fill the same position, NFL Network said Tuesday.

Martindale, 58, and former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai reportedly were the finalists to replace Patrick Graham, now the defensive coordinator of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Martindale oversaw the defense in Baltimore for the past four seasons. Starting in 2004, he spent five seasons as the Raiders’ linebackers coach before serving as the Denver Broncos’ linebackers coach in 2009 and their defensive coordinator the following year.

Martindale also was Baltimore’s linebackers coach from 2012-17. The Ravens fired Martindale on Jan. 21.

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Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale  during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. The  Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants to interview Don Martindale, Sean Desai for DC job

The New York Giants are interviewing longtime NFL assistants Don “Wink” Martindale and Sean Desai among “four or so others” for their defensive coordinator opening on Saturday, the NFL Network reported.

The Giants are seeking to replace defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who reportedly has accepted the same role with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Martindale, 58, had been the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens for the last four seasons. Starting in 2004, he spent five seasons as the Raiders’ linebackers coach before serving as the Denver Broncos’ linebackers coach in 2009 and their defensive coordinator the following year.

Martindale also was the Ravens’ linebackers coach from 2012-17. The Ravens fired Martindale on Jan. 21.

Desai, 38, has spent the last nine seasons with the Chicago Bears, including 2021 as their defensive coordinator. He was Chicago’s defensive quality control coach from 2013-18 before serving as the Bears safeties coach the next two seasons.

The Bears confirmed Desai’s departure from the team on Tuesday. He was not retained by new head coach Matt Eberflus.

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