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Giants-Texans final injury report: Giants ‘optimistic’ Kenny Golladay will play

Giants could use a boost at wide receiver, and might get one

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll said on Friday that he is “optimistic” wide receiver Kenny Golladay, out since Week 4 with a sprained MCL, will make his return on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

The Giants, last in the league in explosive passing plays and 30th overall in passing yards, could use a healthy and productive Golladay. Of course, he has been neither since signing a four-year, $72 million free agent contract prior to the 2021 season.

Daniel Bellinger and Evan Neal will not play.

Bellinger, out since suffering a fractured eye socket Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, expressed optimism earlier this week that he will play again this season.

Neal was also injured against the Jaguars. Tyre Phillips started at Neal’s right tackle spot Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks, and is expected to do so again this Sunday.

Marcus Johnson was added to the injury report with a thumb injury, but the wide receiver does not have a designation for Sunday, meaning he is expected to play.

Friday injury report



TE Daniel Bellinger (Eye)
OT Evan Neal (Knee)


CB Cor’Dale Flott (Calf)
WR Kenny Golladay (Knee)
Edge Oshane Ximines (Quad)



LB Neville Hewitt (Hamstring)


WR Brandin Cooks (Wrist)
DL Maliek Collins (Chest)
WR Nico Collins (Groin)
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Groin)