Kadarius Toney injury update is brutal for NY Giants before Cowboys clash
By Jerry Trotta
The NY Giants have been fortunate to start the season 2-0 despite having one of the league’s worst receiver rooms. It’s unrealistic to think the team will keep winning if Sterling Shepard, Richie James and Saquon Barkley continue to be the only consistent pass-catchers for Daniel Jones.
A healthy Kadarius Toney would do wonders for the offense with Kenny Golladay seemingly more intent on stirring up drama than proving he deserves to be on the field, but the second-year speedster just can’t seem to shake the injury bug.
After playing just seven snaps in the win over Tennessee, Toney’s snap count jumped to 28 against the Panthers. He managed just two catches for zero yards on three targets, though he was robbed of a near-40-yard catch and run due to a questionable offensive pass interference call on David Sills.
It’s not the production Giants fans expected from Toney, but it had to feel good to see the dynamic player get an uptick in playing time. Surely his role would increase in New York’s showdown against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, right?
Unfortunately, we’ll never know, as Toney failed to practice Friday and Saturday and seems like a long shot to suit up for the game.
The NY Giants likely won’t have Kadarius Toney for their Monday night clash against the Cowboys.
Just when you think Toney is trending up, an injury sets him back. This has unfortunately been the story of his young career thus far. After missing seven games as a rookie due to various ailments, Toney missed spring practices after undergoing a knee procedure early in the offseason.
From there, he nursed an undisclosed leg injury during camp that prevented him from playing during the preseason.
This particular development shouldn’t surprise anyone. Toney’s been dealing with this hamstring injury since August. He played Week 2 despite being on the injury report and got in a limited session on Thursday (the first official injury report of the week) before being downgraded on Friday and Saturday.
It’s unclear if Toney’s soreness worsened or if the Giants are simply exercising caution with last year’s first-round pick. Either way, fans shouldn’t expect him to be on the field for Monday’s massive NFC East battle against Dallas.
The Giants are definitely adjusted to playing without Toney, but his likely absence is a killer blow. Remember, the then-rookie had his coming out party against the Cowboys in Week 5 last season with 10 catches for 189 yards on 13 targets, including some electrifying runs after the catch.
Assuming Toney doesn’t get the green light, the Giants’ passing game will center around Shepard, James, Sills and Barkley for another week.