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Top Xavier McKinney News

  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Returns pick for score

    McKinney recorded four tackles and an interception in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Raiders.

    McKinney had a disjointed week leading up to the game, as he was placed on reserve/COVID-19 list before it was revealed the test was a false positive. However, that didn't stop him from making a pivotal interception early in the third quarter, which he returned for a 41-yard touchdown. His effort put the Giants up 17-13, and the team never trailed again. McKinney now has seven passes defended and four interceptions across nine games this season.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Coming off COVID list

    McKinney will be removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday due to his test results for the virus having been revealed to be a false positive.

    McKinney will return to team facilities Friday, making him eligible to suit up for Sunday's contest against the Raiders. Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) will also return to the team Friday, but because he was dealing with injury prior to landing on the COVID list, his status for Week 9 remains more unclear.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Tests positive for COVID

    McKinney tested positive for COVID-19, and his status for Week 9 is uncertain, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

    McKinney's vaccine status is unclear, but if he's vaccinated and able to return two negative tests within 24 hours, he will be able to play Sunday against the Raiders. Expect an update with the safety's vaccine status within the next couple of days. It's likely Logan Ryan will see an increased role Sunday if McKinney is unable to suit up.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Snags two interceptions

    McKinney had three tackles (all solo) and two interceptions during Sunday's 38-11 loss to the Rams.

    McKinney played every defensive snap for the third straight contest, and he picked off a pair of passes to supply New York with two of its only positive defensive players during the blowout. The 2020 second-round pick is filling an every-down role for the Giants this season, but he's not producing enough (27 total tackles in six games) to be an IDP option.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Wraps rookie campaign with 25 stops

    McKinney notched 25 tackles (14 solo), one defended pass and one interception through six games in 2020.

    McKinney missed much of his rookie campaign while recovering from offseason foot surgery, but he managed to carve out a large defensive role (over 50 percent of snaps) during the Giants' final three regular-season games. The 2020 second-round pick stands to get every chance to compete for a starting role come 2021.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Piles up eight tackles

    McKinney made eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

    The rookie second-round pick put together his best tackling performance of the year and finished tied for second on the team in stops. McKinney figures to make his fourth straight start in the season finale against Dallas.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Returns from IR

    The Giants activated McKinney (foot) from injured reserve Saturday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

    McKinney returned to practice Monday and looked good all week, so he'll make his NFL debut Sunday against the Bengals. The rookie second-round pick should initially slot in behind starting safeties Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan, although it's tough to pinpoint a specific snap share at this time.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Preparing to return

    The Giants designated McKinney (foot) to return from injured reserve Monday.

    McKinney will return to practice Monday, opening the 21-day window for him to be activated from IR. The rookie second-round pick out of Alabama has yet to make his NFL debut after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot in August. Once he's ready, the Giants may ease him into action behind starting safeties Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Still lined up for post-bye return

    McKinney (foot) is likely to see his 21-day window to return from injured reserve begin in the next couple weeks, with a target activation date coming sometime after the Giants' Week 11 bye, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

    This falls right in line with reports from a few weeks ago that suggested McKinney wouldn't see the field until after the bye week. The second-round pick has barely seen the practice field this year after he underwent surgery to address a fractured left foot in late August. There will likely be a bit of a learning curve upon his official return, but per league rules, he'll have a maximum of three weeks to get acclimated on the practice field before the Giants must activate him.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Unlikely to play before bye

    McKinney (foot) isn't expected to make his NFL debut until after New York's Week 11 bye, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

    McKinney's still recovering from offseason surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot, leaving the rookie second-rounder's NFL debut on hold. He was projected to start from the get-go prior to his injury, but it looks like the safety won't see the field until Week 12 against the Bengals at the earliest.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Placed on IR

    The Giants placed McKinney on injured reserve Sunday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

    McKinney was forced to undergo surgery to repair a fractured foot last week, so this news isn't surprising. Following surgery, he'll look to retake the field after the Giants' bye week in late November, which occurs in Week 12. In the meantime, look for recent acquisition Logan Ryan to handle starting free safety duties to begin the season.

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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Hoping for November return

    McKinney (foot) hopes to retake the field after the Giants' bye week in late November, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

    McKinney underwent surgery on his fractured left foot, but it's possible that he won't lose his entire rookie campaign due to the injury. The second-round pick could make a return following the Giants' bye in Week 12, which would allow him roughly three months to get fully healthy. Prior to suffering the injury, McKinney looked primed to handle a key role in New York's secondary right off the bat.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 201 lbs
Birthplace: Roswell, GA
Age: 23
Class: Sophomore