New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since he sustained fractured fingers on his left hand during a bye week accident in November.
McKinney was injured following an ATV accident during his vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
McKinney can be activated at any point over the next 21 days and is eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Giants coach Brian Daboll said he wasn’t sure if McKinney would be ready to play on Sunday.
“Just starting him today,” Daboll said Thursday. “I think the first thing is just let him get out here, move around. He hasn’t played in a while, but he’s got a contraption to protect his hand. So, I figure we’ll get him started. He’s been moving around, rehabbing. His lower body’s obviously good. So, we’ll go ahead and let him practice. And then just kind of see where he’s at.”
McKinney, 23, recorded 38 tackles, one forced fumble and one sack in eight games (all starts) this season.
He has 156 tackles and six interceptions in 31 career games (28 starts) since being selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
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Giants starting safety Xavier McKinney will miss “a few weeks” after suffering a hand injury while on vacation in Mexico during the bye week.
McKinney announced his injury Monday via Twitter.
“During our bye week, I went away to Cabo,” McKinney tweeted. “While there, I joined a group for a guided sight-seeing tour on ATVs. Unfortunately, I had an accident and injured my hand. The injury will keep me sidelined for a few weeks. I will do everything I can to get back as quickly as possible so I can contribute to what we’re building here in NY.”
McKinney, 23, is in his third season with the Giants, having started all eight games this season, compiling 38 tackles — two for loss — one forced fumble and his first career sack.
McKinney was drafted by the Giants as the 36th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft after three seasons at Alabama.
The Giants (6-2) host the Houston Texans (1-6-1) in Week 10.
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Star running back Saquon Barkley and second-year safety Xavier McKinney returned to the New York Giants’ team facility on Friday morning after further testing revealed false positive tests had landed them on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Giants later announced Barkley and McKinney were removed from the list. The team initially placed the pair on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday amid fears of an outbreak.
Running backs coach Burton Burns was one of 13 members of the organization to test positive Tuesday, and upon a retest, all but Burns came back negative. Running back Gary Brightwell remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Barkley, 24, has missed the past three games with a sprained ankle. He has 54 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.
McKinney, 22, has recorded 39 tackles and two interceptions in eight games (seven starts) this season.
The Giants (2-6) are scheduled to host the Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) on Sunday, before having a bye week.
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With six games left in the New York Giants’ regular season and the team still in the playoff race, the team is set to get a boost with the potential return of four players.
The Giants (3-7) on Monday designated linebacker Oshane Ximines and rookie safety Xavier McKinney from injured reserve. Also, the team activated punter Riley Dixon and long snapper Casey Kreiter from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
New York has 21 days to activate Ximines and/or McKinney to the active roster, otherwise they will remain on injured reserve, ending their 2020 season.
Ximines is a second-year outside linebacker who was drafted in the third round out of Old Dominion in 2019. He played in all 16 games in his rookie season and played in four games this season, starting three before hurting his shoulder.
He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 9.
McKinney was the Giants’ second-round pick (36th overall) in April’s NFL draft out of Alabama. He played in 41 games in college, starting 28. The safety fractured his foot over the summer and has yet to appear in an NFL game.
Dixon was placed on the COVID list last Wednesday and has passed all the necessary tests to get back on the field. He’s expected to return Sunday when the Giants take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
Kreiter, who joined the Giants as a free agent from the Denver Broncos in April, is also expected to be back for Sunday’s game.
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