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Injury news: TE Darren Waller designated to return from IR

The Giants could get another offensive weapon back

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The New York Giants announced Thursday that they’ve designated TE Darren Waller to return from the injured reserve.

The move opens his 21-day practice window and the team also confirmed that Waller would return to practice on Thursday.

Giants’ head coach Brian Daboll was asked on Wednesday about Waller’s potential availablity for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, and replied “We’ll see,” adding that they would, “go through the week and determine it at the end of the week.”

There’s no word, at least as of this writing, as to whether or not Waller will be available this week. He’ll likely be limited in practice, and the team will evaluate to see how he responds to the increased load. The Giants will want to play it safe with Waller to avoid a setback with an injury that’s plagued him for much of the season.

The athletic receiving tight end was supposed to be a centerpiece of the Giants’ offense after the team traded a third round pick to Las Vegas Raiders for him last off-season. He’s since had 36 catches for 384 yards and 1 touchdown — though much of that was while playing through injury. His return could boost the Giants as they remain long-shots in the playoff hunt.

The team would have to make a roster move to free up a spot once they formally activate Waller.

The team placed Waller on injured reserve Nov. 4 after he spent weeks playing through a hamstring injury suffered early in the season.

Waller said on Tuesday that he would expect to be available for a limited number of snaps on Sunday if activated.

Giants Thursday injury report

Limited participation

CB Cor’Dale Flott (shoulder)
DL Dexter Lawrence (hamstring)
T Evan Neal (ankle)
DL A’Shawn Robinson (hamstring/finger)
LB Isaiah Simmons (ankle)
TE Darren Waller (hamstring)

Full participation

WR Parris Campbell (knee)
OLB Azeez Ojulari (shoulder)