The Giants released an estimated injury report Friday because they had a walk-through rather than a full practice in preparation for Monday night’s home game against the Cowboys.
But there was one change — and a notable change at that — from Thursday’s initial Week 3 injury report: Wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was listed as “untrained.”
So he might tend not to play on Monday.
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Toney has struggled to stay healthy and available since the Giants drafted him 20th overall last year. He missed seven games as a rookie but has played both games for his 2-0 team this year. Still, he didn’t do much.
The Giants will practice Saturday and then release their final injury report for Monday night.
Toney was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice and then was demoted on Friday. The Giants practiced Wednesday, and while they weren’t required to issue a formal injury report, coach Brian Daboll said ahead of practice that Toney would not be attending due to a sore hamstring.
Two days later, Toney’s hamstring doesn’t seem to have gotten any better. And it might have gotten worse.
Before we get into more context on Toney and his health, here’s Friday’s injury report, which is like a regular Thursday injury report:
CB Justin Layne (concussion)
CB Nick McCloud (hamstring)
CB Aaron Robinson (Appendix)
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee)
WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring)
DL Leonard Williams (sprained MCL)
S Dane Belton (collarbone)
C Jon Feliciano (shin)
OLB Azeez Ojulari (veal)
S Jason Pinnock (shoulder)
OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (Sprained MCL)
Considering the injury report is the same as Thursday – with the exception of Toney – all players who have stopped practicing obviously tend not to play, while the limited participants (especially Ojulari and Thibodeaux) tend to play more.
Although Toney has played in both games this season, he has been struggling with a hamstring problem lately. Ahead of the Week 2 win over the Panthers, Toney’s hamstring tightened during Thursday’s practice session. He was limited in that practice session, having not been listed on the injury report earlier this season. Toney was restricted again on Friday of week 2.
And although he was listed as questionable, he did play in the game against Carolina. He received 28 of 73 snaps after only capturing seven of 60 snaps in the Week 1 win at the Titans.
Toney has had two zero yard catches and two rushes for 23 yards this season. Last season he had 420 receiving yards and 6 rushing yards. He has yet to score a touchdown in the NFL while playing in 12 games out of a possible 19. In short, he was a massive disappointment.
Prior to his sophomore season, Toney was limited throughout training camp by a leg injury – the same leg as his currently ailing Achilles tendon. He didn’t play in any preseason games this summer.
And he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason, but he apparently recovered from it before suffering the leg injury that handicapped him this summer.
It’s been one-on-one for Toney, basically since the Giants drafted him. Despite this, he declared himself completely healthy ahead of the season opener in Nashville.
If Toney doesn’t play Dallas on Monday, his underwhelming career will be in a brighter spotlight because Cowboys Edge Ruser Micah Parsons is one of the NFL’s best defensive players. Dallas picked him 12th overall last year when the Giants traded back from No. 11 to No. 20 and selected Toney.
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That trade-back move with the Bears also gave the Giants this year’s No. 7 pick, which they used to properly attack Evan Neal, whose diligence has encouraged his teammates, although it remains unclear — given that it’s very early on is his career – will he grow into a reliable starter.
So far, Toney has been anything but reliable.
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Darryl Slater can be reached at [email protected].