Wide receiver Darius Slayton, who left Sunday’s victory over the Washington Commanders with a neck injury, won’t practice Wednesday for the New York Giants as they begin preparations for this week’s game against the New England Patriots.
Giants head coach Brian Daboll said he did not expect Slayton’s injury to be a long-term issue. Slayton said he plans to play against the Patriots.
Darius Slayton says he plans to play this weekend as long as he avoids any setbacks: pic.twitter.com/nW8Eu5lALp— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) November 22, 2023
Slayton’s injury appeared to be to his right arm. He said Wednesday, though, that it stems from his neck.
“There’s a nerve in your neck and basically, I injured that nerve in my neck, and it prefers all the way down your arm, makes your arm numb,” he said. “I was just holding my arm, so it wasn’t just flopping there. My arm went numb for a little bit there, but I’m alright.”
Three other Giants starters are also not practicing on Wednesday. Linebacker Bobby Okereke (hip/ribs) had X-rays after Sunday’s game and will be sidelined Wednesday. Okereke told media he has a partially fractured rib, but will play Sunday. Okereke also said he has been playing with a broken pinky finger since the game against the Buffalo Bills. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (hamstring) will sit out. Lawrence usually gets at least one rest day each week, anyway. Right tackle Evan Neal, out the last two games with an injury, will continue to miss practice.
Running back Saquon Barkley was also given a rest day.
Eric Gray on track to return
The Giants are opening the 21-day window for Eric Gray (on IR with a calf injury) to return. Gray, a rookie fifth-round pick, has 13 carries for 27 yards (2.1 yards per carry) and one reception for a single yard. Gray has returned seven punts for an average of 4.0 yards and four kickoffs for an average of 14.5 yards.
The Giants do currently have an open spot on their 53-man roster.
Daniel Jones has surgery
The Giants announced that Daniel Jones underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning to repair his torn ACL. The procedure was performed by head team physician Dr. Scott Rodeo at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Jones said on Tuesday that he expects an 8-10-month recovery timeline. The early end of that would have him on the field at the start of training camp. The long end would extend into the 2024 regular season.
Full Wednesday injury report
Did not practice
RB Saquon Barkley (not injury related/rest)
DL Dexter Lawrence (hamstring)
T Evan Neal (ankle)
LB Bobby Okereke (hip/rib)
WR Darius Slayton (neck)
RB Eric Gray (ankle)
CB Adoree’ Jackson (concussion)
OL Tyre Phillips (knee)
WR Sterling Shepard (hip)
T Andrew Thomas (knee)
C John Michael Schmitz (finger)