Sep 16, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants center Nick Gates (65) reacts after suffering an apparent leg injury against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants OL Nick Gates returns from broken leg

New York Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates will reportedly be activated Wednesday, more than 13 months after sustaining a gruesome leg fracture.

Gates, who recently told ESPN he was “feeling great,” is on the physically unable to perform list. The team opened his practice window three weeks ago.

His long road to recovery included seven surgeries after fracturing his left fibula and tibula during a Week 2 loss at Washington on Sept. 16, 2021. A setback this spring forced the rod in his leg to be removed.

The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Gates, who turns 27 next month, has appeared in 34 games (21 starts) since he joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in May 2018.

Gates’ activation comes with right tackle Evan Neal and left guard Ben Bredeson both exiting Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars with knee injuries.

The Giants (6-1) bring a four-game win streak into their Week 8 game Sunday against the host Seattle Seahawks (4-3). New York has a bye in Week 9.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger (82) grabs his face after a tackle by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd (33) which took Bellinger out of the game with an injury to his face late in the second quarter. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the New York Giants at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, October 23, 2022. The Jaguars trailed at the half 11 to 13. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Report: Giants TE Daniel Bellinger sustains facial fracture

New York Giants rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger sustained a facial fracture in Sunday’s win at Jacksonville, ESPN reported Monday.

He exited the Giants’ 23-17 victory after a hit by Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd in the second quarter. He grabbed at his face after the tackle and eventually was carted to the locker room.

Bellinger, a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, suffered a fracture around the eye socket and septum, per the report.

He tallied one catch for 13 yards at Jacksonville and has 16 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns in seven games (six starts). He also rushed for a 2-yard touchdown in the Week 5 win at Green Bay.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants T Evan Neal sustains MCL injury

The initial diagnosis for New York Giants rookie right tackle Evan Neal is an MCL injury that could sideline him for multiple games, NFL Network reported.

The 2022 first-round pick got rolled up on during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and limped to the sideline medical tent.

Neal was taken to the locker room on a cart and ruled out for the remainder of the game in Jacksonville.

Neal, 22, will get an MRI to determine the extent of the knee injury.

Drafted seventh overall out of Alabama, the 6-foot-7, 350-pounder has started every game this season.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard on the field for warm ups before the Giants face the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard activated from PUP list

The New York Giants activated wide receiver Sterling Shepard from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

Head coach Brian Daboll said Shepard will return to practice for the first time since tearing his left Achilles tendon in December.

“It will be good to have him out there,” Daboll said.

Shepard was injured during a Week 15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and finished the season with 36 catches for 366 yards and one touchdown in seven games.

Shepard, 29, has recorded 349 receptions for 3,884 yards and 21 touchdowns in 72 games since being selected in the second round of the NFL draft in 2016.

–Field Level Media

NFL New York Giants tackle Will Holden

Giants sign veteran OT Will Holden

The New York Giants added veteran offensive tackle Will Holden to the roster on Friday.

The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman replaces tackle Matt Gono, who was placed on the left squad/exempt list on Wednesday.

Holden, 28, has played in 27 games (nine starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2017-18), Indianapolis Colts (2020), Baltimore Ravens (2020) and Detroit Lions (2021).

Arizona drafted him in the fifth round in 2017 and he played in a career-high 14 games last season with Detroit.

The Giants waived defensive tackle Niko Lalos to make room for Holden on the 90-man roster.

–Field Level Media