New York Giants tight end Darren Waller, on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, practiced for the second straight day on Friday and could be activated in time for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Waller has missed five consecutive games with his injury. The Giants opened his 21-day practice window on Thursday.
Head coach Brian Daboll was typically non-committal about Waller’s status for Sunday before Friday’s practice.
“Did some good things [on Thursday], do some more today and see where he’s at,” Daboll said. “Know more after today’s practice.”
Waller’s 36 catches and 384 receiving yards remain second on the team. He said earlier in the week that he probably would not be ready to play a full game, but felt he could contribute in a limited number of snaps.
“I plan on contributing given the opportunity,” he said.
The Giants are offically listing Waller as questionable.
Evan Neal unlikely
Daboll said Friday morning that it was doubtful right tackle Evan Neal (ankle) would play this week. That would make five straight missed games and seven of the last eight for the 2022 first-round pick.
Daboll did not guarantee that Neal would start over Tyre Phillips if he is ready to go in the final three games.
“We’ll see,” Daboll said. “Cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Injury report additions
The Giants had three new names on Friday’s injury report. Guard Justin Pugh (calf), wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (quad) and special teamer Cam Brown (hamstring) were listed as limited participants. Pugh is listed as questionable for Sunday.
Friday injury report
OL Evan Neal (ankle)
DT Dexter Lawrence (hamstring)
G Justin Pugh (calf)
TE Darren Waller (hamstring)
DE Isaiah Foskey (quad)
RB Kendre Miller (ankle)
DE Payton Turner* (toe)
* On IR
WR Chris Olave (ankle)
T Ryan Ramczyk (knee)
RB Jamaal Williams (groin)