The New York Giants final injury report for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game is, well, pretty incredible. There is not a single player on the Giants’ roster who will carry an injury designation into Sunday’s game.
Out: None; Doubtful: None; Questionable: None. That’s the report.
That means that cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who has not played since suffering a sprained MCL while returning a punt Week 11 against the Detroit Lions, will be in uniform.
Every player who has appeared on the injury list this week was a full participant in Friday’s practice. That includes:
OL Jon Feliciano (back), DB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), WR Marcus Johnson (knee), DB Xavier McKinney (fingers), OL Evan Neal (ankle), LB Azeez Ojulari (ankle), DB Jason Pinnock (shoulder), DL Leonard Williams (neck).
Without Jackson and Xavier McKinney, Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson had 12 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown and tight end T.J. Hockenson had 13 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Per Next Gen Stats, Fabian Moreau lined up across from Jefferson on 44 of 51 routes (86 percent) in Week 16. He allowed six receptions for 78 yards and TD
Williams knows he will deal with discomfort, but isn’t about to miss this game — the first playoff appearance in his eight-year career.
“It’s something that’s been inevitable for the last few games that I’ve played in. I’m trying to get a neck brace or a neck collar,” Williams said. “When I’m getting a hard double team or I’m shedding off a block to make a tackle that’s when I’m really getting that jerk in my neck and it kind of just happens. It’s been happening every game; I’ve been dealing with it and trying to fight through it.”
Williams said the neck injury isn’t going to get better until the offseason.
“I don’t think I’ll need surgery, but it’s definitely something that’s not going to go away until I get rest. As long as I keep playing football on it right now it’s just not going to go away,” he said. “It probably will be something that sticks with me for a while to be honest. B Cox [assistant defensive line coach Bryan Cox] told me that once he started getting them in his career, it kind of just stuck with him.”
Ojulari, second on the Giants with 5.5 sacks despite playing in only seven games, injured his ankle Week 16 against the Vikings. He said at the time that he did not think the injury was a big deal, but it has been more troublesome than anticipated. Ojulari played only seven snaps the following week against the Indianapolis Colts and was one of many players held out of the Week 18 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“At first I didn’t think it was that bad but the day after I was in so much pain, it was hard to walk,” Ojulari said. “I’m feeling way better. Ready to go.”
Giants-Vikings final injury report
CB Cam Dantzler (Ankle/Personal Matter)
S Harrison Smith (Knee)
RB Kene Nwangwu (Illness)