New York Giants: Azeez Ojulari dodges injury bullet after leaving practice early

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Aug 21, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51) warms up prior to the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants can’t continue dealing with injuries at this pace after losing wide receiver Collin Johnson to a torn Achilles on Wednesday afternoon.

During Thursday’s joint practice with the New York Jets, second-year pass rusher Azeez Ojulari limped off the field with the help of trainers by his side.

Ojulari is coming off a sensitive hamstring issue he suffered off the field during individual training. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list prior to training camp, but he made his first appearance against Cincinnati Bengals in the team’s second preseason game this past Sunday.

Luckily, Ojulari’s MRI came back clean following practice, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The entire Giants fan base can exhale after a scary situation.

Ojulari’s performance against the Bengals:

Ojulari finished the game without a tackle but put pressure on Cincinnati quarterback Brandon Allen. On just seven total snaps, he produced one hurry but was hit with a reception for 3 yards after dropping back into coverage from the outside linebacker position.

Last season, Ojulari produced 49 combined tackles, eight tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits, and eight sacks across 17 games as a rookie. Big Blue is expecting series development from Ojulari in his second year, adding 10 pounds of muscle mass this off-season to offer more as a pass rusher and run defender.