Ramses Barden was forced to miss the New York Giants' Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns, but the team is expected to have him back for Week 6 vs. San Francisco.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 3:22 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Ramses Barden is cleared to return to action and hasn’t been listed on the Giant’s official inactive list.
The wide receiver suffered a concussion a few weeks back and finally has passed the tests to get back onto the field.
It remains to be seen if he’ll make an impact, especially with Hakeem Nicks suiting up for the first time in two games.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11:21 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Ramses Barden (concussion) will participate in practice today, according to Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas.
Barden will practice. Hosley, Diehl supposed to be limited today. Phillips may do some things on the side. #nyg— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) October 10, 2012
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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 8 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano has the latest on Barden's condition:
WR Ramses Barden (concussion) has been cleared to practice. Coughlin is not sure whether Hakeem Nicks (knee) will return this week. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 8, 2012
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In the latest in a rash of injuries for the New York Giants' receiving corps, breakout star Ramses Barden has been listed on the team's injury report with a concussion, according to The Star-Ledger's Jorge Castillo.
Via The Star-Ledger:
The Giants released an extensive pre-practice injury report this morning with a few new additions. Perhaps the most significant new name and injury is WR Ramses Barden, who is listed with a concussion.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET by Pete Schauer
The injury problems for the New York Giants continue to pile up, as the Giants' official twitter page announced that Barden will not play in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.
Barden, Hosley, Bernard, Nicks and Kenny Phillips are all out for Sunday's game— New York Giants (@Giants) October 5, 2012
Barden's injury presents another big opportunity for Domenik Hixon, who had six receptions for 114 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:20 p.m. ET
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports Barden didn't practice on Thursday. He's trying to recover from a concussion suffered in last week's game.
.. LB Michael Boley (hip), WR Ramses Barden (concussion), DT Rocky Bernard (quad) and S Kenny Phillips (knee). #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 4, 2012
Hakeem Nicks also missed the practice session, meaning the Giants receiving corps is operating at well below full strength. Barden would be in line for more targets if he was able to make a quick recovery, but missing today's practice makes that seem like a long shot.
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According to the report, it is unclear when Barden suffered the concussion. Though he grabbed just two receptions for 36 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles, the 26-year-old receiver was on the field for 43 of the Giants' 68 snaps and was never seen leaving the field with an injury.
His injury comes just two weeks after the former special teamer ascended into the national conversation with a nine-catch, 138-yard performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3's Thursday Night Football contest.
Before the 2012 season, Barden had grabbed just 16 passes for 174 yards in three professional seasons.
Going forward, it is unclear what his concussion means for his place in the offense. Fellow flanker Domenik Hixon started over Barden last week and was a major part of the offense, catching six passes for 114 yards.
Nonetheless, with starter Hakeem Nicks' status still unclear for this week's game against the Cleveland Browns due to a knee injury, losing Barden could be a critical blow for the Giants. The team currently sits with a 2-2 record and is looking up at the Eagles in the NFC East.
Though the Browns have yet to win a game, they have an underrated defense that could present problems for Eli Manning in the passing game.
Be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on what could be a debilitating injury for the Giants in Week 5.