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First-round pick Kadarius Toney leaves Giants’ first mini-camp practice early

After slipping following a pas reception, Toney did not return to practice

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Kadarius Toney (89) during Tuesday’ mini-camp workout.
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Kadarius Toney’s odd start to his New York Giants career continued Tuesday as the team’s first-round pick did not make it through Tuesday’s first practice of mandatory mini-camp.

Near the end of a two-hour workout Toney caught a pass in front of two defensive backs, slipped, got up, then slipped to the ground a second time. He got up a bit gingerly, took his helmet off and, after being checked on by a couple of staff members, jogged inside with a trainer.

Toney has not yet made it through a full Giants practice attended by the media.

In his first rookie mini-camp practice, Toney had an issue with his cleats that led him to practice briefly with only one cleat on, then stop practicing altogether.

The 20th overall pick in the draft did not participate in any of the voluntary OTAs. He was in attendance at Friday’s final OTA, but did not practice.

Veteran receiver Kelvin Benjamin, trying to make it back to the NFL for the first time since the 2018 season, also left early with a trainer. No explanation has been given.

Scary moment

Temperatures reached into the 90s Tuesday in East Rutherford, N.J., and 68-year-old running backs coach Burton Burns gave the Giants a scare. Burns, after being checked on by a contingent that included co-owner John Mara and GM Dave Gettleman, was carted off with heat exhaustion during practice. The Giants’ medical team said that Burns “will be OK.”