Sunday was a good news/bad news kind of day for the New York Giants on the injury front.
Let’s start with the good news.
The veteran tight end has yet to practice with the team after signing as a free agent. Rudolph had foot surgery and has promised all along that he will be ready when the season begins.
Head coach Joe Judge indicated Sunday that Rudolph could be on track to make that a reality.
“He had a good week this week at rehab. When I talked to him with the medical team, it’s optimistic that there may be a chance coming up to get off [PUP]. Again, that is an individual basis so we will see what the medical team says on that and see if we can get him out there with the team working,” Judge said.
The star running back has still done only individual drills in his comeback from major knee surgery. Judge indicated that may change this week in joint practices against the New England Patriots.
““We have not [made a decision]. We are going to the doctors and approach it as we get closer. We will have conversations tomorrow and will definitely be increasing what he’s doing. I can’t tell you exactly what that’s going to be. I don’t know at this point if that’s going to include 11-on-11 or 7-on-7, or whatever it may be, but we’re going to make sure we’re very calculated with what we do,” Judge said. “At the same time, he had a great week this week with the trainers and with what he could give us on the field. I know he is tapping his foot and getting anxious. As soon as we get the green light from the medical staff, we’ll keep going.”
Now for some of the bad news.
- Tight end Rysen John, bidding for a roster spot, hobbled off near the end of the game with either a right ankle or Achilles injury. A former Division II wide receiver, John had three catches Sunday for a team-high 58 yards (19.3 per catch) and has been making progress.
- Cornerback Madre Harper left the game with a groin injury. If that turns out to be serious, that could KO Harper from consideration for a spot on the initial 53-man roster.
- Defensive back Quincy Wilson was carted inside with an ankle injury.
- Second-round pick Azeez Ojulari did not play. Judge said he had a “nick” from during the week.