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Larry Donnell will return to New York Giants, if healthy

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Giants tender RFA tight end.

Larry Donnell
Larry Donnell
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If Larry Donnell, who missed much of the 2015 season with a neck injury, gets to return to the NFL it looks like he will do so with the New York Giants. The Giants have tendered Donnell, a tight end, at the "original round" value of $1.67 million. The tender gives the Giants the right of first refusal in the unlikely event Donnell receives a free agent offer from another team.

Donnell caught 63 passes in a  breakout 2014 season, but a neck injury ended his season after just eight games in 2015. Giants GM Jerry Reese said recently that Donnell has yet to be cleared to return to football activities.

"We're expecting him to be back but necks can be tricky. We'll have to wait and see where that goes," Reese said. "I respect what our doctors say about the neck and we'll take extreme precaution with that. Hopefully, he can get healthy and come back and continue his career."

The Giants can use all the play-making weapons they can get their hands on. With luck, Donnell might still get a chance to prove he can be one.