A dark cloud has loomed over the NY Giants since Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys, and fans are tired of rough news coming in. That was the case on Wednesday, but thankfully things have turned out just fine.
During Wednesday's practice, the G-Men experienced a scary moment when cornerback Amani Oruwariye was loaded onto a backboard and carted off the field after suffering an injury during a special teams kickoff drill. After being down for several minutes, he would leave the Giants facility in an ambulance.
After being transferred to the hospital, it was reported that the fifth-year defensive back had movement in all his extremities, and doctors pronounced it a neck injury. Thankfully, we can expect Oruwariye to return to practice sooner than expected. After several fans voiced their concerns for the veteran, Oruwariye made sure to let everyone know that he was okay:
Oruwariye was a fifth-round pick in 2019 by the Lions, where he started 36 games over the last four years. During his tenure in Detroit, he had nine interceptions, 24 passes defended, and two fumble recoveries. This offseason, Oruwariye signed a one-year deal with the Giants. The fifth-year cornerback was cut at the end of preseason and re-signed to the practice squad.
The injury significantly hurts the Giants depth at CB
The Giants starting cornerbacks weren't anything to brag about after the team's Week 1 performance against the Dallas Cowboys. The G-Men have two rookies starting, Deonte Banks and Tre Hawkins III, who each played solid in their NFL debut, but there is still much room for improvement. They also have veteran Adoree' Jackson, who is playing in the slot for the first time in his career. So, there is a big concern about needing more experience with a demanding schedule ahead.
The Giants' 2023 first-round draft pick was used in press coverage on more than 70 percent of his snaps and defended two passes, as well as making an excellent recovery to force Cowboys' wideout Brandin Cooks out of bounds on one play. Banks did end up leaving the game early due to cramps; however, he was praised for his performance by many media outlets following the game.
Big Blue's sixth-round pick out of Old Dominion deserved playing time after an impressive training camp, but he showed growing pains on Sunday night. Hawkins drew a big 37-yard defensive pass interference penalty, which resulted in a scoring drive early in the second quarter.
Fortunately, it appears the Giants will have Oruwariye back on the field sooner rather than later. The Giants also list Cor'Dale Flott, Darnay Holmes, and Nick McCloud on their 53-man roster. So, we'll have to wait and see if Joe Schoen looks to strengthen their depth and explore the free-agent pool of cornerbacks in case of injury or underperformance.