Darkwa will re-sign with the Giants on a one-year deal Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports. Darkwa was expected to hit the free agent market after not receiving a tender from the Giants, but ultimately was brought back for another year. The fourth-year back recorded only 111 yards rushing on 30 carries during 10 games in 2016, but he was a contributor on special teams and should continue to see action in that role. Darkwa would be slated to move up the depth chart if fellow running backs Paul Perkins or Shane Vereen were to suffer injuries.
Darkwa (lower leg) will hit the open market after not receiving a tender offer from the Giants, ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports. Darkwa, who is reported to have recently been medically cleared following December surgery on his tibia, has rushed for 264 yards and three touchdowns on 66 carries for the Giants over the past two seasons. While that modest production wasn't enough for even the running back-needy Giants to tender him, the fact that the 25-year-old is expected to be ready to participate in offseason team activities should help him on the open market.
Darkwa was off crutches Tuesday and has 4-to-6 weeks remaining in his recovery from December surgery on his tibia, Dan Duggan of NJ.com reports. When both Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen required respites early in the season, Darkwa earned the first two starts of his career, but two residual effects were discomfort in his lower leg and no offensive touches after Week 5. Eventually landing on injured reserve between Weeks 12 and 13, Darkwa's subsequent procedure included insertion of a plate on his tibia, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Assuming he completes his rehab within the aforementioned time span, Darkwa will be healthy long before the offseason program kicks off in April.
The Giants placed Darkwa (lower leg) on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports. Darkwa has been plagued by discomfort in his lower leg since earning his second start of the season (and career) on Oct. 9 in Green Bay. In fact, he's been contained exclusively to special teams over the last four games. Perhaps knowing something the general public does not, the Giants may be closing in on opening Shane Vereen's (triceps) window for a return, which could occur as early as Wednesday. In any case, Vereen ends the season with 31 carries for 147 yards and one touchdown, while hauling in eight of 13 passes for 75 yards.
Darkwa (lower leg) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Browns. A limited practice Thursday gave Darkwa a "questionable" designation, but the reserve back will suit up Sunday to resume his regular role on special teams. With Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins in line to lead the New York backfield, don't look for much of a fantasy impact from Darkwa, who hasn't seen an offensive snap since Week 5.
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