Rookie minicamp is underway for the New York Giants but some have noticed something odd about first round pick Kadarius Toney. On the first day of camp, he received a bit of attention for playing with one cleat – possibly due to getting the wrong size from the equipment staff – but was out of practice before others due to what looked like a calf cramp.
Had to stop tweeting midway thru practice so to summarize the cleat saga: Toney went blue cleats/no socks, red cleats/no socks, red cleats/white socks before settling on white cleats/white socks. Was in and out of practice before shutting it down late with an apparent calf cramp.
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 14, 2021
Cramping up on the first day is understandable considering this was Toney’s first time working out as an NFL player, and a bit of time has passed since the combine and the college season. It’s expected that it might take a bit of time to get back into the swing of things, but there might be reason for concern if the trend continues multiple days.
Can’t speak for anyone else but all I did was document Toney’s activity. He was the only player to sit out long stretches of each practice. He was clearly uncomfortable yesterday with the cleat issue. Today he was stretching and getting checked by trainers while on the side https://t.co/lYarfyOIlB
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 15, 2021
After the second day of practice, Dan Duggan reported that Toney was the only player to sit out long stretches on both days, and also that Toney was checked out by trainers on the sideline. He stopped short of definitively claiming that Toney is dealing with an injury, however, because we just don’t know enough to say that yet.
Giants rookie Kadarius Toney tweaked his foot after wearing the wrong size cleats at practice today.
He still ran routes with a bare right foot. pic.twitter.com/TTk8aKVMnL
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) May 15, 2021
Bleacher Report made the interesting claim that Toney tweaked his foot while wearing the wrong size cleats, and used it as an explanation of why he continued with one bare foot.
It’s hard to give a verdict of whether there’s an injury at play here or not but it seems like there’s no major problems even if there is one. There’s no sign that Toney will get pulled from future practices or that he’ll have to practice with restrictions, and because of that, it’s best for fans not to panic just yet.