New York Giants Drop Promising Update on Darren Waller Before Saints Battle

Published 12/14/2023, 12:36 PM EST

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The New York Giants’ collective hearts sank when their star TE, Darren Waller, was sidelined after the team’s Week 8 10-13 loss to the New York Jets. Since then, he has missed the past five games. But now it finally seems that there is good news for the team. The Giants’ official X account announced that Waller has taken a big step toward his eventual return to the gridiron.

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The Giants are riding on the back of 3 back-to-back victories and it seems that their key offensive weapon will be back on the field to help with their playoff push.

Darren Waller has returned to practice!

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In the biggest news for the Giants this week, after he missed the first practice session of this week on Wednesday, the team announced that he will indeed be practicing on Thursday. On Wednesday, he just had a walk-through practice, as he continued to nurse his injured hamstring. “Just a matter of them opening up the window and I’ll be at practice,’’ Waller had said earlier. And now the moment is upon us!

The team will now observe him during his 21-day practice window, as he makes his return from injured reserve. Head coach Brian Dbaoll had told reporters a day ago that he was “making progress”, but did not confirm or deny whether he would playing in the game against the 6-7 New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football.

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In the upcoming week, will Waller’s presence help the Giants clinch their fourth consecutive victory?

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Waller admits he might not be able to bring his A-game

Darren admitted that he “probably” would not be able to see the usual amount of action that he’s used to when he returns for his first game post his injury. But he’s optimistic that he will find a “number that’s solid that can contribute in whatever ways” his team wants him to. Even though he has skipped five games this season, he still holds his position as the player with the second most receptions at 36 and receiving yards at 384.

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But the journey ahead looks tough for the Giants, as after the Saints, they have one game with the Los Angeles Rams and two games with their divisional runner-ups, the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Day and January 7. But with an offense that will be fortified with Waller’s presence, they might just manage to beat the Rams. The Eagles, however, with their dominance of the league so far, look like a far more difficult prospect.

However, after their Week 10 49-17 loss, they did manage to turn their fortunes around. So, Giants fans should not lose hope just yet.

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