New York Giants Injury Update: Bellinger, Neal trending up

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Aug 21, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) says a pregame prayer before the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants somehow emerged more injured after the bye week, with star safety Xavier McKinney fracturing several fingers in an ATV accident. However, a few players are trending up, rehabilitating slowly, and hoping to make an impact down the stretch for Big Blue.

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New York Giants’ injury update:

Did Not Participate in Practice:

-TE Daniel Bellinger (Eye)

The Giants lost rookie tight end, Daniel Bellinger, to a fractured eye socket against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. Bellinger had made a significant impression, notably as a superb run blocker. However, he also contributed 152 receiving yards and three total touchdowns with an 88.9% catch rate.

Bellinger will undoubtedly miss the next few weeks, but he stated on Wednesday that he projects to return this season.

-OT Evan Neal (Knee)

Rookie right tackle Evan Neal sustained a sprained MCL against the Jaguars. Several Giants players have endured similar injuries this season, with recovery timetables ranging from 4-6 weeks. Neal has already enjoyed two weeks off, so he’s trending in the right direction and could make a return by Week 11 against the Detroit Lions.

Limited:

-CB Cor’Dale Flott (Calf)

Another rookie dealing with injury is cornerback Cor’Dale Flott, who played in just 60 snaps before picking up a calf issue. He’s been out since Week 3, and with the Giants’ lack of depth at corner, his services are undoubtedly needed.

-WR Kenny Golladay (Knee)

Big money receiver Kenny Golladay is expected to return against the Houston Texans this upcoming Sunday, indicating as much on Wednesday afternoon. Golladay hasn’t played since Week 4 against the Chicago Bears, hauling in just two receptions for 22 yards this season.

-LB Oshane Ximines (Quad)

The Giants have made do at the pass rush position with both Azeez Ojulari and Oshane Ximines dealing with injury. Ximines should be close to returning after starting the season on a high note, recording 10 total pressures with two sacks across the first six games.

Full:

-WR Richie James (Concussion)

After fumbling two punts in Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks, the Giants are holding an open competition for the spot. James picked up a concussion on the second fumble, but he has already been cleared and should be able to return in a full capacity. However, his job as a primary punt returner is certainly in jeopardy.