| Peyton Hillis placed on IR, concussion -- Sat Nov 15 1:00 pm --|
Rashad Jennings to return in Week 11
|The Giants injured reserve list keeps getting longer. The latest is veteran running back Peyton Hillis, who suffered a concussion in the first half Sunday in Seattle. Hillis was "not good" and sent home from the Giants facility earlier in the week, according to coach Tom Coughlin. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Rashad Jennings will return to the lineup this week and be backed up by rookie Andre Williams. Hillis played a minimal role in the Giants offense, totaling 26 carries, 115 yards; 10 receptions 87 yards.
| Rashad Jennings may return against 49ers -- Wed Nov 12 5:30 pm --|
Giants' top RB limited in practice
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants' running game could have its best back available when it plays the San Francisco 49ers.
After missing the last four weeks with sprained knee, Rashad Jennings hopes to return to the lineup on Sunday when the Giants (3-6) face the 49ers (5-4) at MetLife Stadium.
Jennings practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and both he and coach Tom Coughlin were optimistic that he would be able to play in what has become a must-win game for New York.
(AP - Sports)|
FF Today's Take: New York desperately needs Rashad Jennings to return to the lineup and restore some semblance of a running game. If he is cleared to play, he will have RB2/Flex appeal for week eleven fantasy lineups. Andre Williams will still be in the mix for carries but loses what little fantasy value he had in a backup role.
| Rashad Jennings likely to return in Week 11 -- Mon Nov 10 2:50 pm --|
Out since suffering MCL sprain in Week 5
|Still early, but I am told it's "looking good" for Giants RB Rashad Jennings to return from knee injury this week. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings got in some practices last week prior to the Giants' loss to Seattle, so he is trending in the right direction. Andre Williams has proven to be an impatient runner thus far and largely ineffective (2.9 YPC for the season, with no game above 3.5 since Jennings' injury), so it wouldn't be a surprise if Jennings returned to a full workload in Week 11 - assuming he is cleared to play against San Francisco.
| Rashad Jennings takes scout-team reps -- Thu Nov 6 4:30 pm --|
Limited in practice Thursday; recovering from sprained MCL
|Rashad Jennings was a surprise participant in practice Thursday, warming up with the team and then taking some scout team reps later on. The Giants officially listed him as limited.
"Itís getting close," Jennings said. "No setbacks. Felt like myself a little bit. Tomorrow I plan on doing the same thing, and just going from there."
Jennings has missed the past three games with a sprained MCL. He was among the league leaders in rushing when he went down. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: HC Tom Coughlin said Jennings "did pretty well", but did not speculate about his status for Sunday. Despite the optimism, the Giants have been cautious all along with Jennings, so it would be a surprise to see him play this week. It seems much more likely the team would give their running back one more week to make sure he is 100 percent, making him a decent bet to be on the field in Week 11 against the Niners. Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis will likely split time in the interim.
| Rashad Jennings ruled out Week 9 -- Thu Oct 30 3:15 pm --|
Will miss third straight week with knee sprain
|The New York Giants hoped starting RB Rashad Jennings would be able to return from his knee injury and play Monday night against the Colts. He will not.
Giants HC Tom Coughlin said Thursday that there was no chance Jennings would be able to play Monday, leaving the running game once again in the hands of rookie Andre Williams and fading veteran Peyton Hillis. Jennings will miss his third game in a row since spraining his knee in the Week 5 victory against the Falcons. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Williams will get another start against a Colts' middling defense (versus opposing fantasy running backs) that will be looking to rebound from giving up 51 points to the Steelers last weekend. The rookie contributes next to nothing in the passing game and hasn't been overly impressive as a runner thus far, meaning Indianapolis may be a sneaky defensive play against a Giants' offense without Victor Cruz.
| Rashad Jennings in doubt for Week 9 -- Mon Oct 27 2:25 pm --|
Recovering from MCL sprain
|The Giants had some reinforcements on the field in their first practice after the Week 8 bye. But one player was still conspicuously absent.
RB Rashad Jennings, who has missed the last two weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee, was nowhere to be found on the practice field. The Monday night meeting with the Colts is still seven days away, so Jennings has plenty of time to get healthy, but his absence remains somewhat concerning.
(New York Daily News)|
FF Today's Take: ESPN's Dan Graziano echoed similar thoughts after speaking with Jennings himself on Monday and coach Tom Coughlin told New Jersey Online "he's not ready to go". The Giants play on Monday Night Football in Week 9, meaning owners will probably either need to ride it out at least one more game with rookie Andre Williams or find another healthier alternative.
| Rashad Jennings noncommital about Week 9 -- Mon Oct 20 7:15 pm --|
Recovering from MCL sprain
|Rashad Jennings sprained the MCL in his left knee two weeks ago. He's eyeing a return when the Giants take the field next on November 3 against the Colts.
"As the doctors said, they think I'm right on track to be back here soon and it's going to be a day to day [situation]," Jennings said.
Jennings did not commit to anything. Next on the schedule is to hit the field during the bye week and begin running and cutting on the knee. He has not yet done anyone running outside the water.
FF Today's Take: Rookie Andre Williams hasn't exactly made a case for a timeshare, rushing 35 times for 110 yards (3.1 YPC) in the two full games Jennings has missed. This is yet another situation in which owners need to add depth at the position while hoping that he can clear some hurdles during the Giants' bye week.
| Coughlin: Andre Williams ready for bigger role -- Tue Oct 7 10:30 am --|
Jennings injury opens door for rookie RB
|Giants RB Andre Williams carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a score and caught both of his passes despite coming into the league with a reputation as a poor receiver.
With running back Rashad Jennings out at least a few weeks with an MCL sprain, Williams will have to take a bulk of the carries and handle a bulk of the blitz pickup duties when Eli Manning drops back to pass. Peyton Hillis is a nice second option, but the Giants sound like a team prepared to ride the hot hand.
"I am very confident (in Williams taking a bigger role)," coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "The other thing that he did that was great was the third-and-7 first down run. A lot of that was on his own outside the flank of our blockers. He was able to pick up that first down. That was really indicative of people trying to tackle the ball and get the ball out, and he made that play. When you have a young guy, you really get into great, great detail even more about pass protection. He has done a good job when he has been in there. He is going to have to do even better." (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Williams has been working hard at becoming a complete running back, and with favorable matchups in weeks 6 and 7, he's worth plugging in as an RB2.
| Rashad Jennings likely out "a few weeks" -- Mon Oct 6 6:20 pm --|
|New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings won't need surgery to repair his injured left knee, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained MCL, and Jennings is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injury.
Rookie Andre Williams will take over in the meantime as the Giants' starting running back, with Peyton Hillis serving as his backup. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Giants have a Week 8 bye, so it makes some sense that Jennings will sit out the next three games. Williams isn't much of a receiver out of the backfield, but has more than enough ability as a runner to perform at a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 level while Jennings is out. Peyton Hillis might become a bit of a factor on third down as well.