Expect NY Giants LB David Mayo to play Sunday

The NY Giants’ linebacker corps could be getting a boost after David Mayo was activated off injured reserve ahead of Sunday’s game vs. Washington Football Team

The NY Giants activated linebacker David Mayo from injured reserve Friday, and the expectation is he will make his 2020 NFL season debut Sunday against the Washington Football Team.

Mayo, 27, was placed on injured reserve back in August when he suffered a torn meniscus.

The veteran linebacker was one of the first players re-signed this offseason by general manager Dave Gettleman, and should see snaps on special teams and perhaps on defense as early as Sunday alongside Blake Martinez.

Martinez is the Giants’ leading tackler so far this season, and one of the few bright spots of an 0-5 start.

Last season, Mayo made 13 starts for the Giants, appearing in all 16 games despite signing right before the 2019 season began, and finished with a career-high 80 tackles and two sacks. Mayo has 143 career tackles, and two sacks, entering his sixth NFL season.

Sunday, and for the rest of the season, the Giants could be short-handed at linebacker with edge rusher Lorenzo Carter out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. However, Mayo’s return alleviates any added pressure on sixth-round pick Cam Brown needing to make a significant jump from special teams player to defensive contributor.

The Giants and Washington square off at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

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Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.