Nick Gates is back.
Fourteen months and seven surgeries after shattering his lower left leg against Washington last season, he was moved to the active roster on Wednesday.
The center’s career appeared to be in jeopardy after the injury, but now he is ready to go, with two titanium rods in his leg.
He returned to practice earlier this month and on Wednesday was removed from the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
Had he not been promoted this week, he would have been out for the season.
Coach Brian Daboll said before practice that Gates is OK to play in a game if needed, but he did not detail exactly what Gates’ role will be.
He has been working at both center and guard, and now presumably will back up at those positions initially.
Mostly, Daboll was happy to have Gates back not only on a professional level but a personal one.
“It’s impressive, so many surgeries and so much rehab,” Daboll said. “Just a testament to the young man. It takes a lot of perseverance to go through what he’s been through and to be out here. Impressive young man.”
Gates, a popular figure in the locker room, had several setbacks along his path back, including compartment syndrome in his calf and an infection around the initial titanium rod inserted from his knee to his ankle. That rod had to be removed and replaced last winter.
Notes & quotes: WRs Kenny Golladay (knee) and WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring) did not practice, seemingly bound for another inactive Sunday. Oshane Ximines (quad) also did not practice . . . OT Matt Peart, who is on the PUP list, returned to practice. The Giants have three weeks to activate him . . . Former Jets and Giants quarterback Geno Smith is 4-3 in Seattle after starting five games in his previous six seasons. “He’s really done a fantastic job,” Daboll said . . . Smith started one game for the Giants in 2017, famously ending both Eli Manning’s streak of starts at 210 and coach Ben McAdoo’s time with the Giants.