The New York Giants could be without their starting running back when they take the field to face the Washington Redskins.
Rashad Jenning finished the week being listed as “questionable” on the injury report after starting the week in a protective cast for a thumb injury sustained against the New Orleans Saints.
#Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) will be a surprise spectator today. After early optimism, he’s expected to be out vs. #Redskins.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2016
Despite the cast, the injury isn’t believed to be serious, however it would affect how he is able to grip the football. With ball security an issue for the Giants early in the season, not to mention a desire to avoid further — and more serious — injury, Jennings missing today’s game isn’t a big surprise. It is, however, a blow to the offense. While not an exciting back, Jennings is a stabilizing influence on the offense and his ability to run, receive, and pass protect gives the offense versatility.
In Jennings’ absence, the Giants will likely lean on third-down back Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa. This could also signal the first regular season action for rookie running back Paul Perkins. Giants’ fans have been anxious to see Perkins in live game action, but he has been inactive thus far in the season. Perkins missed most of the Giants’ offseason program due to rules prohibiting him from joining the team until his class graduated.
The Giants also have free agent acquisition Bobby Rainey to help fill in for Jennings on the offense or for Darkwa if his special teams duties are diminished in favor of an increased offensive workload.
We will have to wait until the inactives are officially announced to get clarity on the running back situation.