Giants tight end Aziz Ojulari injures shin during practice against Jets – Reading Eagle

Another day, another injury.

Giants linebacker Aziz Ojulari limped at the end of the conditioning sprints practice with the Jets on Thursday. He needed two trainers to support him as he limped into the building.

The source said that Ojulara has a shin injury. Trainers appeared to be examining his lower right leg on the sideline before he entered.

Initially, there was optimism that Ojulari had avoided the worst-case scenario, but there was no definitive information on the nature of the injury or the timetable.

The Giants and Jets ironically abandoned the two-minute practice period in favor of conditioning to avoid further injuries. Then Ojulari drove up anyway.

“Just from the numbers game, on both sides of the ball, we had to do a two-minute drill at the end,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said after practice. “And I was like, you know what? Let’s just get our guys ready, let’s not let another two minutes pass.

“They are [The Giants are] some receivers have, we also have some guys,” Saleh added. “Just wanted to — from the overall health of the team — that was the reason for it.”

Brian Dabol’s squad had a light spring and early camp load and was plagued by injuries in camp.

Ojulari, 22, last year’s second-round pick out of Georgia, began training camp on the non-football injured list with a hamstring injury. His first practice was on August 14.

He is the fourth Giant to suffer in the last 11 days.

Ellerson Smith is wearing a boot on his right foot after suffering an injury on Aug. 14. Veteran Jihad Ward just returned to the lineup Thursday from an undisclosed injury on Aug. 14.

No. 5 overall pick Kyvon Thibodeau sprained his right MCL in Sunday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, an injury that could cost him Week 1 in Tennessee.

And now Ojulari is also beaten.


Daniel Jones played well against the Jets’ first-team defense. Receiver David Sills remained his favorite target.

The Jets defensive line appeared to get inside for three sacks, two by John Franklin-Myers — one against right tackle Evan Neal, the other against right guard Mark Glavinsky.

But none of Jones’ passes hit the ground.

Sills bailed him out with a low throw over the middle with a great catch. And Jones’ only miss was a red-zone interception by Jets cornerback Bryce Hall on a pass intended for Kenny Golladay.

“I feel like we’re kind of in a groove right now,” Sills said of the Giants’ offense. “I feel that we are on the same page. That’s something that’s very encouraging, especially against somebody other than our guys.”

Jones, Seals and Golladay stayed after practice and worked on throws in the red zone, including a fade that didn’t involve Golladay. It’s common to see the Giants’ #1 QB put in the extra work.


Rookie wide receiver Von’Dale Robinson was unexpectedly pulled from Thursday’s 11-on-11 period. The second-round pick also sat out the conditioning sprints with Darius Slayton dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Robinson had a black sleeve that covered his left calf. Richie James trained in place of Robinson as Sterling Shepard was brought back for his second practice since tearing his Achilles last season.

Kadarius Toney had two 11-on-11 reps and ran multiple 7-on-7 routes against the Jets DB.

Slayton practiced fully for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury on Aug. 11 during a preseason game at New England. He made a great one-handed catch down the left sideline after a pass from No. 2 QB Tyrod Taylor.


It was the first joint Giants-Jets practice since 2005. Dabol and Saleh said they would like to make it an annual tradition.

The first step was to avoid major fights on Thursday, and they succeeded. Debol talked to his team about it specifically.

“Show each other respect, work hard together to get better and play football,” the Giants coach said before practice. “Not interested in watching UFC or boxing matches or anything like that, although I love both. Just good, competitive football.”

Saleh told the media: “We don’t need any fighting. I know you all came looking for a fight, but I have a lot of respect for Dabol. And we want to make it a habit.”

Seals said there was “a little more adrenaline” before Thursday’s practice.

“We were pretty hyped,” he said. “We played music at our meetings. The boys were delighted with it. And I think we kept that energy going throughout practice.”

Giants cornerback Olaj Griffin intercepts Jets QB Joe Flacco.

The Jets are slated to play the starting quarterback and halfback in Sunday’s preseason finale at 1 p.m. Daboll has yet to announce the Giants’ plans.


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