The New York Giants could enter their game against the San Francisco 49ers with some injured players returning to the lineup.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas, offensive lineman Justin Pugh, and defensive end Olivier Vernon are expected to play Sunday are missing time with injury.
Pugh was not listed on the Giants’ final injury report at all while both Casillas and Vernon are officially listed as questionable. Vernon hasn’t played since the Week 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Casillas has missed the past three games.
The Giants will also have cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins was suspended for last week’s 51-17 blowout at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. It is unknown exactly how much Jenkins will play. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended earlier in the season and didn’t play his usual number of snaps when he returned.
Defensive end Kerry Wynn, who started in Vernon’s place until he missed the Rams game with a knee injury, is expected to return this week as well.
Having Casillas, Jenkins, and Vernon in the lineup will be an immediate boost for a Giants defense that allowed the Rams to score on eight of their first nine possessions. However, the injury gods giveth and the injury gods taketh away.
Linebackers B.J. Goodson (ankle), Devon Kennard (quad), and Keenan Robinson (quad) are all out for Sunday’s game. Goodson will miss his second consecutive game while Kennard and Robinson were injured against the Rams.
This means the recently re-signed Kelvin Sheppard, who started 11 games for the Giants last season, will get some playing time. He will play alongside Casillas, Curtis Grant, and Calvin Munson (who is questionable with an injured quad).
Cornerback Donte Deayon is listed as doubtful with an injured ankle.