MINNEAPOLIS — Azeez Ojulari can not keep wholesome and on the sector.
The gifted pass-rushing exterior linebacker once more was not capable of end a recreation. He was pressured out of the Giants’ 31-24 playoff victory over the Vikings with a quad damage and didn’t return. This definitely places into query his availability for Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff recreation in opposition to the Eagles in Philadelphia.
“It’s simply so horrible,” Ojulari stated afterward. “I can’t ever end the sport. I’m so annoyed. It’s simply so robust. I’m completely happy we gained, although. Offers me one other alternative.”
Ojulari had been coping with a sprained ankle he got here away with within the Christmas Eve loss to the Vikings. He was held out of the regular-season finale and deemed a full-go for his first profession playoff recreation, however he couldn’t make it to halftime. Jihad Ward moved into the spot Ojulari vacated, costing the Giants the pass-rush prowess Ojulari often supplies.
Azeez Ojulair, 51, exited the Giants’ win with an damage. Charles Wenzelberg
Ojulari was damage pursing the ball on a trick play by the Vikings, with receiver Justin Jefferson attempting a throwback move to quarterback Kirk Cousins.
“I’m OK,” Ojulari stated. “Sore. Kirk, I hit him. I really feel like he kneed me straight within the quad. I attempted to stand up. Thigh bruise, most likely. Get therapy [Monday] and see the severity of it.”
How about Kenny Golladay? The veteran extensive receiver, coming off a brutal second season with the Giants, really made a contribution although he was not focused and thus didn’t catch a single move. He did make a key block, although. With the sport tied at 24, Saquon Barkley caught a swing move from Daniel Jones and picked up 10 yards — thanks largely to Golladay completely obliterating security Duke Shelley.
“Acquired to present numerous respect for KG,” Barkley stated. “Clearly the season hasn’t gone how he would have wished however he’s a very good participant and I respect the grit and the grind, when issues aren’t going your method … in an important drive making an enormous block.’’
Coach Brian Daboll preferred what he noticed from Golladay on the play.
“He’s a competitor,’’ Daboll stated. “He’s saved his head down and labored as arduous as he can and when his quantity is known as, he’s tried to do the most effective job he can.’’
Security Jason Pinnock was carted off the sector with 7:42 remaining after he was damage overlaying a kickoff return with an stomach damage. He was checked out at a neighborhood hospital and was capable of fly again with the crew. … Rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux was shaken up making a deal with on Dalvin Prepare dinner within the third quarter and exited holding his proper arm and hand. He solely missed a couple of snaps and was again on the sector. … The rotation at left guard continued. Nick Gates began and Ben Bredeson got here in on the third offensive sequence.
The Giants went into the sport utterly injury-free and in consequence, all seven gamers they designated as inactive have been wholesome scratches: CB Rodarius Williams, RB Jashaun Corbin, LB Micah McFadden, G Wyatt Davis, G Jack Anderson, WR Kalil Pimpleton and DT Henry Mondeaux. McFadden began seven video games as a rookie however the ascension of Landon Collins into an inside linebacker function and the signing of Jarrad Davis led to extra change at a place that was in flux all season.