Da'Rel Scott Injury: Updates on Giants RB's Knee, Likely Return Date
The news surrounding the New York Giants' backfield continues to swirl, as running back Da'Rel Scott left Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, the severity of which has yet to be determined.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News broke news of this discouraging development, which adds to the current turbulence in the Giants' backfield:
The injury to Da'Rel Scott was to his knee, by the way. Stay tuned for more. He went for tests, so the seriousness is unknown. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 11, 2013
Those tests later indicated no serious structural damage was sustained and there is still a chance Scott plays Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15
Scott ended up gaining a mere two yards on five carries, but did catch two passes for 30 yards including a 23-yard touchdown in the Giants 41-23 loss to the Broncos.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 12
From New York Daily News reporter Ralph Vacchiano:
Tom Coughlin says Da'Rel Scott (knee) is "fine".— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 12, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11
From Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:
Giants RB Da'Rel Scott didn't suffer any significant damage while tweaking his knee in practice today, tests showed.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 11, 2013
Scott saw unexpected action in the season-opening 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night when 2012 first-round pick David Wilson was pulled from the game for losing two fumbles.
The 25-year-old Scott made an ill-fated attempt to catch an Eli Manning screen pass that was returned by Brandon Carr for a decisive pick-six, but Scott did have five receptions for 51 yards in Week 1.
It remains to be seen when Scott will be available again, and the depth beyond him and Wilson is very thin. Rookie seventh-round pick Michael Cox is on the roster, as is Brandon Jacobs, who reunited with the team by signing on Tuesday, per ESPN.com's Dan Graziano.
Head coach Tom Coughlin clearly had little tolerance for Wilson's ball-security issues, but he may have no choice but to continue turning to him as the predominant featured back.
Jacobs is at least familiar with the offense run by coordinator Kevin Gilbride, because he had both of his 1,000-yard seasons in the system in his previous stint with the organization.
Manning is the trigger man for a high-powered passing attack, so the Giants might be able to get by with an uncertain running-back situation at least in the short term. However, Scott did show promise in his limited action, and his pass-catching ability would be valuable.
Wilson had four catches his entire rookie campaign, and Scott already eclipsed that total in Dallas.
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