Devonta Freeman Freeman was placed on IR by the NY Giants due to a high ankle sprain and a hamstring injury
The NY Giants placed running back Devonta Freeman on injured reserve Friday, after he suffered a setback on his injured ankle this week in practice.
Multiple individuals with knowledge of Freeman’s injury tell GMenHQ that Freeman has a high-ankle sprain and a hamstring injury.
Freeman will need to miss at least three weeks, but as the NFL Network reports, the Giants hope that he’ll be able to return at that point. Freeman originally injured his ankle back in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and has not played since.
In Freeman’s absence, the Giants have turned to a backfield by committee approach with Wayne Gallman, and veteran journeyman Alfred Morris. The expectation here is that Gallman will once again be the lead-dog. If the Giants intend to use Morris on Sunday against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium, they will need to officially sign him to the 53-man roster, as league rules prohibit calling a player up from the practice squad more than twice.
Gallman rushed for a season-high 68 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday’s Giants victory over the Washington Football Team. In his three starts in relief of Freeman, Gallman has rushed for a touchdown in each, and is averaging just over four yards per carry.
The Giants host the Eagles on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.
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