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Giants news, 10/24: An ex-Giant could be the X-Factor this Sunday

New York Giants headlines for Thursday, December 24.

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Linval Joseph
Linval Joseph
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Good morning, New York Giants fans, and Merry Christmas Eve to those of you celebrating. Here are some headlines for your Thursday morning.

Former Giant Linval Joseph could be the key on defense for the Vikings

Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who played for the Giants during the first four years of his career, has been an anchor for Minnesota in his second season with the Vikings. He hasn't put up stellar sack numbers like other 3-technique defensive tackles, but he's been a huge run stuffer and is arguably one of the biggest (both figuratively and literally) Pro Bowl snubs. Joseph has been an influential cog on the Minnesota defensive line and is excited to return to action after missing the last three weeks due to a foot injury to play his former team.

"No emotions. I’m just excited to be playing this week and can’t wait to play against my old team," said Joseph, who has missed the last three weeks with a foot injury.

"Linval’s a big, strong, physical defensive tackle," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He plays on the nose. They feature a nose, a one-technique, a three-technique. He’s on the center most of the time. He’s a big, strong, knock-the-center-back kind of a guy. He takes care of the interior of the line of scrimmage. And he is a good player."

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reached out to Beckham in support and believes the receiver's suspension was unwarranted.

What are the Giants' top options at receiver without Beckham on the field?

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Did the Giants wait too long to decide that Rashad Jennings would be the team's feature back?

In Case You Missed It

Odell Beckham's suspension was upheld, and he will not play this Sunday Night against the Vikings.

Beckham issued an apology statement after he lost his appeal.

Giants punter Brad Wing says that Beckham felt legitimately threatened by Carolina Panthers players before the game.

See what Tom Coughlin had to say about the Odell Beckham-Carolina Panthers fiasco during his weekly press conference.

Brandon Meriweather, who was released last week, is now back on the Giants after Cooper Taylor suffered a concussion against the Panthers on Sunday.

Around the NFL

Josh Norman can't stop talking, calling Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Atlanta's fifth wide receiver.

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called the team's game on Sunday against the Patriots "huge" for himself.

Odell Beckham is the Giants' only Pro Bowl selection this year, but who could be the next Giant to get the nod in 2016 for the first time?

Raiders safety Charles Woodson won't be playing for the Raiders next year, but hopes the team remains in Oakland.

Rams receiver Stedman Bailey, who was shot twice exactly a month ago today, has been discharged from the hospital.