EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After making progress this week, New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins is listed as questionable for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins at FedExField.
Jenkins missed last Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles because of a bruised back. He worked out before the contest, but the Giants’ brass decided he wasn’t ready.
The Pro Bowl cornerback was a limited participant in practice this week. He’s made progress after admittedly being in major pain the previous week.
“Good. He moved around well [Thursday], had a good mental day [Friday],” coach Ben McAdoo said of what he saw from Jenkins this week, before adding he was still sore and might be a game-time decision for the second straight week.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) and safety Nat Berhe (concussion) were ruled out. Pierre-Paul still hasn’t practiced since undergoing surgery several weeks back. The most likely scenario for his potential return remains in the divisional round of the playoffs.
The Giants are locked into the fifth seed in the NFC playoff picture. They’ll play on the road in a wild-card contest next week.
It could be worth saving Jenkins for the Giants’ first postseason contest in five years.
“Last week was last week,” Jenkins said on Thursday. “I might be out there this week if you look for me.”
He had no doubt he’ll be ready for the playoffs.
“I’ll go in there feeling the way I need to feel,” Jenkins said confidently.
He still avoided saying if the back would be best served with another week of rest.
“I ain’t going to say yeah. I ain’t going to say no,” he said. “Just preparing on getting ready and take this week as a game week as if I’m starting. I don’t know the call or whatever. I’m just going to continue to come out.”
McAdoo has said this week he intends to play the Giants starters as long as they’re cleared medically. Jenkins is the only starter still in doubt.
Berhe will miss his fourth straight game after suffering his second concussion of the season. He remains in the concussion protocol.
While his return will not be in Week 17, the Giants remain hopeful.
“There is a chance,” McAdoo said. “We’re keeping him on the active roster if he gets cleared. And if he’s ready to go and capable, we’ll use him.”