This feels like a gut punch and it's not one that anyone was expecting with the matchup with the Cowboys two days away. For months, NY Giants fans have been counting down the days to see new tight end Darren Waller make his regular season debut for Big Blue. Could that debut be delayed?
Out of nowhere, Waller was listed on the Giants official injury report on Friday. He was a limited participant in practice, as he's dealing with a bum hamstring. Waller has been listed as 'questionable' for the Week 1 tilt against the Cowboys. Even the thought of him missing this contest is a depressing one, especially with how big of a role he figures to play for Daniel Jones in 2023.
Darren Waller is now questionable to face the Cowboys due to a hamstring issue
While this injury isn't serious and Waller very well could end up playing on Friday, the fact that it's his hamstring that's giving him problems is a massive concern moving forward. Waller has a history of hamstring injuries. As good as he is when on the field, we can't forget that he's missed 17 games over the past two years.
There was definitely some risk involved in the trade with the Raiders, but the potential reward was more than worth it. Waller is a beast and he posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Las Vegas not too long ago. That version of Waller is what Big Blue Nation is hoping to see in '23.
However, this latest injury news has provided people with plenty of anxiety. As of this writing, we are a little over 48 hours away from the Giants hosting Dallas at MetLife Stadium. It very much feels up in the air if Waller will be good to go or not.
There will be major relief for the entire fanbase if its announced he'll be able to suit up and make life difficult for the Dallas defense. On the other side of things, Brian Daboll and Co. could decide to have him sit this one out so he can be close to 100 percent for the rest of the year (look at what the Chiefs did with Travis Kelce). Soon enough we'll find out which call NY ends up making.