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Medical personnel clear TE Larry Donnell, who re-signs with Giants

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What type of impact will Donnell have for Giants? (1:46)

Mark Schlereth breaks down what Larry Donnell re-signing with the Giants will mean for the team and its offense. (1:46)

When New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell sustained a season-ending neck injury last year, there was some concern over whether it might threaten his career. On Tuesday, Donnell got the good news that it would not.

The Giants announced Tuesday that Donnell has been cleared by team medical personnel to resume his football career and that he has signed his restricted free-agent tender. Donnell is able to join in the Giants' offseason program, which began last week, and projects as the team's starting tight end for 2016.

Donnell, 27, broke out in 2014 with 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns. The team had high hopes for his continued development last year, but an Achilles problem truncated his offseason and the neck injury limited him to eight games in the regular season. He caught just 29 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns last year, though the coaching staff was happy with some of the progress he made as a blocker in the run game.

Donnell will need to continue to improve in that area and develop as a reliable pass-catcher if he's to hold on to his starting job. Undrafted Will Tye caught 42 passes for 464 yards and three touchdowns as Donnell's replacement in 2015, and it's also a position the team could address in the draft.