The Giants could have another offensive playmaker for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys. Running back Shane Vereen was activated off injured reserve Saturday and, if deemed ready, will be available for the critical NFC East game.
Vereen has not played since injuring his right triceps in Week 3, when he was the Giants’ leading rusher.
Ben McAdoo said the final decision on Vereen would be made by the medical staff after Saturday’s practice.
To make room on the roster, the Giants waived offensive lineman Adam Gettis.
Vereen could add a spark to an offense that has stumbled all season. The Giants averaged 364.2 yards a game through their first six games, which tied for 13th in the NFL. Since then, only the Browns and Rams have had worse offensive production than the Giants, whose average has plummeted to 327.4 yards, 26th in the rankings. They gained only 296 and 234 yards in their last two games.
Victor Cruz described Vereen as “just another extremely talented individual that when the ball is in his hands, he can create and make things happen. As you know, in this offense, we need as much of that as possible.”
The Giants were hopeful of reintroducing a second missing element to their offense in starting left guard Justin Pugh, who was limited in practice this past week while coming back from a right knee injury he suffered on Nov. 6. Pugh is listed as questionable and might not be ready for game action.