Kick returner Darius Reynaud was a surprise addition to the injury report and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Seattle with a pulled right hamstring. Reynaud pulled his hamstring during Friday’s practice, but said he’s on track to play.
“Big game off a bye week, hope to start off on a good feet,” Reynaud said. “This is not going to keep me down.”
While returning a kickoff during practice, his cleat got stuck in the turf and he said he felt a little pop. He calls it a tweak and said it is not a bad injury, saying he can stretch to the ground. He will do some drills tomorrow and see how he feels. Reynaud said he’s had a hamstring injury before, but not like this one, saying this injury is lower on the hamstring than before.
Acquired via a trade with Minnesota before the season began, Reynaud has struggled at times in the return game, averaging just 5.9 yards per punt return (22 attempts) and 18.4 yards on kickoff returns (21 attempts).
Reynaud’s injury could open the door for recently signed defensive back/returner Will Blackmon. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said the team has worked more than one person at its return position and did not commit to Reynaud for Sunday.
Blackmon, who the Giants signed on Oct. 28, said he has not heard any news about whether he will be the return specialist for the game. He said he does not know if he will be on the active roster for the game. Blackmon is looking to play in his first game since tearing his ACL last season as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
“Everybody was real receptive with me being here. I introduced myself to Darius and he and I were cool, we respected each other right off the bat,” Blackmon said. “Everybody has the same goal, they just want to win, and I bought into that."