Darkwa is rehabbing from an Achilles rupture he suffered during a training session in October, ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan reports.
Despite leading the Giants in carries (171), rushing yards (751) and rushing TDs (five) during the 2017 campaign, Darkwa was unable to find a landing spot last offseason, with a minor knee surgery in May -- and perhaps an expectation of some guaranteed money -- playing a role in the lack of interest. He eventually settled for workouts with a few different teams, including one for the Jaguars shortly before he injured his Achilles in October. Set to turn 27 at the end of February, the veteran running back hopes to be cleared for football activities in time for OTAs this spring. Darkwa presumably will settle for whatever contract he can find this time around.
Darkwa will take part in a tryout with the Redskins on Sunday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Darkwa previously worked out for the Jets in late July, only for his unemployment to continue into another month. The Redskins are in dire need of RB depth with Derrius Guice (knee) out for the season and Chris Thompson (leg), Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (ankle) all tending to injuries at the moment. Darkwa is a familiar face in Washington after spending the past three and a half seasons with the Giants, with whom he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and hauled in 26 of 40 targets in 48 games.
The Jets have scheduled a visit with Darkwa on Saturday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
The workout is the second for Darkwa in a three-day span after getting checked out by the Bills on Thursday. He's also the second running back contacted by the Jets (Alfred Morris) due to the serious foot injury suffered by Elijah McGuire. Despite working behind a dismal Giants offensive line last season, Darkwa led the team with 751 rushing yards and five touchdowns on a respectable 4.4 YPC.
Darkwa worked out for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Darkwa has drawn interest from numerous teams this offseason, but this is his first visit since being medically cleared for football activities. The 26-year-old back averaged 4.4 yards per attempt last season behind a struggling Giants offensive line, but struggled in pass catching. It makes sense that Buffalo would be interested in Darkwa after his breakout season, especially given the uncertainty surrounding running back LeSean McCoy.
Darkwa (knee) announced via his personal twitter account that he has been medically cleared for football activities.
Darkwa underwent a minor knee procedure in early May to remove a metal plate that was originally inserted in his leg last offseason to protect a fractured tibia -- which Darkwa played through in 2017. He'll now look to catch on with a team ahead of the 2018 season. He reportedly had several interested teams prior to his surgery after he averaged 4.4 yards per carry for the Giants last year. Look for him to sign on as a backup or change of pace running back for the coming year.
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