Nov 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) celebrates after a catch and run against the Tennessee Titans during overtime of the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) returning vs. Rams

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has exited concussion protocol and will return from a one-game absence on Sunday when the Chiefs host the Los Angeles Rams.

Smith-Schuster was a full participant in practice all week and was not given a game designation on the Chiefs’ injury report Friday.

The 26-year-old sustained the concussion during the Chiefs’ Week 10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He missed last week’s 30-27 primetime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith-Schuster is second on the team in receptions (46) and receiving yards (615) while catching two touchdowns. He spent his first five NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fellow Chiefs receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was ruled out for the Rams game. Toney, a midseason acquisition from the New York Giants, suffered the injury against the Chargers last week. Guard Joe Thuney (ankle), safety Juan Thornhill (calf) and cornerback Chris Lammons (concussion) were listed as questionable.

The Rams will be without center Brian Allen (thumb), linebacker Travin Howard (hip) and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (knee). Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (concussion, neck) was ruled out Wednesday.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), tight end Tyler Higbee (knee), center Matt Skura (knee) and tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle) are questionable.

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Sep 18, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WRs Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney out vs. Ravens

The New York Giants ruled out wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney and three defensive backs for Sunday’s game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

The team confirmed Friday that Golladay (knee) and Toney (hamstring) will sit out, as will safeties Tony Jefferson (foot) and Jason Pinnock (ankle) and cornerback Cor’Dale Flott (calf).

Linebacker Azeez Ojulari (calf) is doubtful, while tight end Tanner Hudson (illness), wideout Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee) are all questionable.

Neither Golladay nor Toney has caught a pass since the season opener, yet the Giants are 4-1 heading into their Week 6 contest against the Ravens (3-2).

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Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) looks on before the game against New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley, two WRs ruled out vs. Panthers

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley and wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

Barkley (ankle) and Golladay (knee) will both miss a second straight game with their respective injuries. Toney, who leads the team with 317 receiving yards, aggravated an ankle injury in New York’s 38-11 setback to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday.

Wide receivers Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and John Ross are questionable with hamstring injuries, while tight end Evan Engram also received that designation as he deals with an ailing calf.

Shepard was able to play last week against the Rams and finished with 10 catches for 76 yards. Slayton did not play last week, while Ross was held without a catch and Engram had just three receptions for 24 yards.

The injury-riddled Giants (1-5) will look for more production from Devontae Booker, who paced the ground attack with 12 carries for 41 yards last week.

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Aug 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball during warmups before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard added to injury report

Tight end Evan Engram and wide receiver Sterling Shepard joined the New York Giants’ growing injury report on Thursday.

A calf injury prevented Engram from participating in Thursday’s practice, one day after he logged a full session. He missed the Giants’ first two games of the season with a calf injury as well.

Engram, 27, has 14 receptions for 127 yards and no touchdowns in four games this season. He has 230 catches for 2,547 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns since being selected by New York with the 23rd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Shepard was limited on Thursday while dealing with a hamstring issue. He returned to action last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams after missing the two previous games with a hamstring injury.

Shepard, 28, leads the team with 28 catches to go along with 299 receiving yards and one touchdown in four games this season.

The two players joined an injured list that includes star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Kenny Golladay (knee). Those three players did not practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

On the relatively bright side, wideouts Darius Slayton (hamstring) and John Ross (hamstring) were limited on Thursday after failing to participate in practice the previous day.

The injury-riddled Giants (1-5) host the Carolina Panthers (3-3) on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) leaves the field on a cart with an injury in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones in concussion protocol

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is in concussion protocol one day after being injured during Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Jones was injured when he attempted to score on a running play in the second quarter. He was stopped at the 1-yard line after he collided with Dallas linebacker Jabril Cox.

Jones headed toward the sideline and paused and bent over at his waist near two officials. When he resumed walking, he stumbled and quickly was attended to and eventually was carted off with 2:58 remaining.

“In terms of Daniel, he’s in the protocol,” Giants coach Joe Judge told reporters on Monday. “So, we won’t know anything officially on where he’s at until later in the week. He’s gotta take his steps by the league mandate he has to go through. We’ll kinda wait patiently and get the other guys ready as we wait on him. Hopefully he gets the opportunity to play.”

Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) also was carted off during the contest. He was injured in the opening quarter after two carries for 9 yards.

Judge said the 1-4 team was waiting for a diagnosis on Barkley but that X-rays came back fine.

“It was a little bit of a sigh of relief,” Judge said.

Receiver Kenny Golladay departed with a hyperextended knee while rookie cornerback Rodarius Williams torn the ACL in his knee.

Also, receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have missed the past two games with hamstring injuries. And rookie Kadarius Toney tweaked an ankle against the Cowboys and his status won’t be known until later in the week.

Mike Glennon replaced Jones at quarterback against Dallas and completed 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He would be in line to start Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams if Jones isn’t cleared.

The 24-year-old Jones was 5-of-13 passing for 98 yards before exiting. He has passed for 1,282 yards, four touchdowns and one interception and also leads the Giants with 197 rushing yards. Jones has two rushing touchdowns.

Barkley, 24, had returned to full form after missing most of 2020 with a torn ACL he suffered in Week 2. He has 195 rushing yards on 54 carries with two touchdowns.

The 27-year-old Golladay was targeted three times in the first half on Sunday but didn’t have any receptions. He has 17 catches for 282 yards this season.

Shepard has 18 receptions for 223 yards and one score and Slayton has seven catches for 127 yards and one touchdown.

Toney has a team-best 20 catches. He is second with 281 yards.

Toney posted season highs of 10 catches for 189 yards against Dallas before being ejected in fourth quarter for throwing a punch at Dallas safety Damontae Kazee.

Williams, a sixth-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State, had one tackle.

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DeAndre Hopkins of the Cardinals runs after the catch and is tackled by Blake Martinez of the Giantsin the first half as the Arizona Cardinals played the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on December 13, 2020.

The Arizona Cardinals Vs New York Giants At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On December 13 2020

Giants place standout LB Blake Martinez on COVID-19 list

New York Giants star linebacker Blake Martinez was placed on the COVID-19 list, the team announced Tuesday.

Martinez recorded 151 tackles last season — ranking third in the NFL — in his first campaign with the Giants.

Safety Joshua Kalu also was placed on the COVID list and rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney was removed.

Giants coach Joe Judge confirmed Toney’s return but didn’t bring up Martinez or Kalu during his media session. The team revealed the news later in the day.

“(Toney is) with us today in the building, so he’s back with us,” Judge said. “We have a number of guys for different reasons that we’re actually going to take them a little bit slower. Obviously, coming off of that protocol as we learned last year with the number of players on our team throughout the season, we’re going to go and move them around the field and make sure that he’s ready to go, then we’ll start integrating with our team. We’re not going to go ahead and rush anything to get in the process. He’ll be in the meetings with all our players.

“But in terms of practice itself, we’re not going to do anything with him on the field with the team until we know he’s fully ready to go. His timetable will be different, I’m sure, than a lot of the guys last year that we learned from.

“One thing we really took away from last year was these things are all very specific to each person, what their symptoms were or what their exposure was, but that time away from training is what’s critical.”

The 27-year-old Martinez played his first four NFL seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He has accumulated more than 140 tackles in each of the past four seasons; three of those campaigns were with Green Bay.

Kalu signed with the Giants as a free agent in the offseason after spending his first three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He has 26 tackles in 28 career games.

Toney was a first-round selection (20th overall) out of Florida. He was placed on the COVID list last Thursday after testing positive.

–Field Level Media