Giants’ Darius Slayton expected to play vs. Panthers

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At slightest 1 playmaker is connected the verge of returning to the Giants.

Darius Slayton (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers aft a three-game absence, which helps the Giants debar the worst-case script of being without their apical 7 pass-catchers. It’s a spot of optimism among much discouraging developments connected the wounded front.

Tight extremity Evan Engram (calf) and receivers Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and John Ross (hamstring) each are successful information of making definite the Giants person much firepower connected the sideline than successful the huddle. All 3 are listed arsenic questionable and were constricted successful Friday’s practice.

As expected, moving backmost Saquon Barkley (ankle) and receivers Kenny Golladay (hip) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) volition not play.

“I’ve conscionable been taking it time by day, trying to enactment unneurotic a mates days of practice,” Slayton said. “I consciousness bully and conscionable getting myself acceptable for the game.”

Darius Slayton, catching a touchdown against Washington earlier this season, is expected to play   vs. the Panthers.Darius Slayton, catching a touchdown against Washington earlier this season, is expected to play vs. the Panthers.AP

NFL wounded reports nary longer see a “probable” designation, truthful Slayton is questionable, too.

“I decidedly hatred that [injury bug] for my teammates,” Slayton said. “I cognize they privation to play. Obviously, I privation to person them each retired determination with me, but the guys that are going to play Sunday are going to measurement up and marque it happen.”

The Giants are optimistic astir Engram’s chances, but helium has a agelong past arsenic a dilatory healer. He has missed 15 games owed to assorted injuries implicit the past 4 seasons, including 2 earlier this twelvemonth with the archetypal calf injury.

Head manager Joe Judge implied that Shepard volition beryllium a game-time decision, aft an evident setback successful his hamstring recovery. Shepard played 68 violative snaps past week aft missing 2 games. He was not connected the wounded study Wednesday, but reappeared Thursday.

Ross missed the archetypal 3 games of the play with a hamstring injury. Then Shepard and Slayton suffered hamstring injuries conscionable minutes isolated successful Week 3.

There is simply a noticeable uptick successful soft-tissue injuries compared to past season, which was a multi-year debased for the Giants, according to Judge.

“There are a fig of things that origin into that and we’re making definite we relationship for everything,” Judge said. “There person been immoderate injuries you conscionable can’t avoid, and immoderate different ones you person to look astatine internally successful presumption of what you are doing.”

Safety Xavier McKinney had 2 interceptions against the Rams but could’ve had a chapeau trick. So what does helium deliberation astir more?

“The 1 I dropped,” McKinney said. “I enactment connected that each day. It’s thing I should catch, truthful it’s thing that I volition drawback adjacent time.”

Two successful 1 crippled is nice. But it’s not 7 interceptions successful six games similar Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs, a adjacent person and erstwhile Alabama teammate of McKinney’s.

“I ever knew helium would beryllium that way,” McKinney said. “I cognize however helium works, truthful I’m not surprised.”

The remainder of the wounded study includes DT Danny Shelton (pec) arsenic doubtful for the Giants. The Panthers listed WR Terrace Marshall, FB Giovanni Ricci and LB Shaq Thompson arsenic retired and WR Alex Erickson and OT Cam Erving arsenic questionable.

Wes Martin and Matt Skura are expected to divided reps astatine near defender for the 3rd consecutive game. There is simply a accidental Martin volition go the Giants’ 10th antithetic starting violative linemen successful 7 games.