Banged-up Giant Devonta Freeman will miss at least three weeks
Devonta Freeman will miss at least the next three weeks, giving Alfred Morris a full-time roster spot with the Giants and a continued share of the rushing duties with Wayne Gallman entering Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.
Freeman, who has missed the past two games with an ankle issue, has been placed on injured reserve after he also suffered a hamstring injury this week.
The Giants signed Morris, who has rushed 17 times for 95 yards the past two weeks, to replace Freeman. Morris already had been called up from the practice squad twice (the maximum allowable times), so he would have been exposed to waivers unless he was signed fully to the 53-man roster.
A new injury to watch is cornerback Isaac Yiadom, who has been listed as questionable with a calf injury. The Giants already are without Ryan Lewis (hamstring), and they lost Corey Ballentine via waivers this week to the Jets. Yiadom played every defensive snap in Sunday’s win over Washington. Defensive back Montre Hartage also was signed off the practice squad.
Starting left guard Will Hernandez (Reserve/COVID-19) is expected to return after missing two games.
“He had a good practice [Thursday], and we’re looking forward to him playing this week,” coach Joe Judge said.
Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett have stepped up the usage of trick plays in recent weeks, including an attempted flea flicker Sunday against Washington.
“I think the biggest thing you’re trying to do is put your players in a position where we can have some success executing plays. Part of that is your deceptives. I think our guys are capable of handling those,” Garrett said. “Sometimes you call that stuff and you don’t have success with it.
“You’d like to have more as we go here, the chance to make some explosive plays. I just think that’s a part of playing offensive football, your deceptives, along with the base stuff that you run in your run and pass game each week.”