Will an illness be the reason the New York Giants' four-man running back committee finally gets pared down? Could be. Running back Orleans Darkwa was added to the team's injury report on Saturday, listed as "questionable" due to an illness.
Since Darkwa got an opportunity Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys and made the most of it, rushing eight times for 48 yards, the Giants have split carries betwee, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams and Darkwa. Even last week when Jennings carried a season-high 22 times against the Miami Dolphins all four backs had carries during the games.
Darkwa averages 4.1 yards per carry, with 144 yards on 35 rushing attempts.
As recently as Thursday, the Giants weren't willing to commit to changing their running back by committee approach, with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo saying "We'll see how the game goes."
If Darkwa is unable to play, his presence would be missed on special teams. His 262 snaps played on special teams is third on the Giants behind Mark Herzlich (342) and Craig Dahl (311). Darkwa has been involved in 67.01 percent of the Giants' special teams plays this season.
Defensive tackle Mrkus Kuhn (knee), linebacker Devon Kennard (foot) and defensive end George Selvie (concussion) have already been ruled out.
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