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July 23, 2019 02:36 PM
Orleans Darkwa: Working out for Browns
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Darkwa worked out for the Browns on Monday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.

Darkwa missed all of last season with an Achilles injury but has made a full recovery. The Browns already have six running backs on the roster, including Kareem Hunt, who is suspended for the first eight games of the season. In 2017, Darkwa recorded an impressive 4.4 yards per carry with the Giants across 15 games.

May 29, 2019 02:48 PM
Orleans Darkwa: Back from Achilles' tear
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Darkwa (Achilles) is said to be 100 percent healthy and ready to sign with a team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Darkwa tore his Achilles in October while working out for the Jaguars. He apparently made a quick recovery, returning to full strength just seven and a half months after the injury. The 27-year-old should at least find an opportunity to compete for a roster spot, considering he took 171 carries for 751 yards (4.4 average) and five touchdowns as a member of the Giants in 2017.

February 19, 2019 10:48 AM
Orleans Darkwa: Rehabbing from torn Achilles
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Darkwa is rehabbing from an Achilles rupture he suffered during a training session in October,'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.

August 19, 2018 01:56 PM
Orleans Darkwa: Trying out for Redskins
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Darkwa will take part in a tryout with the Redskins on Sunday, John Keim of 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 running back 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.

July 29, 2018 01:12 AM
Orleans Darkwa: Visiting with Jets
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The Jets have scheduled a visit with Darkwa on Saturday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

The workout is the second for Darkwa in a three-day span after he was 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.

July 26, 2018 03:40 PM
Orleans Darkwa: Works out for Bills
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Darkwa worked out for the Bills on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Darkwa has reportedly drawn interest from several teams this offseason, but this is his first visit since being medically cleared for football activities in the wake of an offseason knee procedure. The 26-year-old back managed 4.4 yards per attempt last season behind a subpar 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 top running back LeSean McCoy.

June 22, 2018 02:16 PM
Orleans Darkwa: Cleared for action
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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 he 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.

May 9, 2018 04:40 PM
Orleans Darkwa: Undergoes minor knee procedure
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Darkwa underwent minor surgery Wednesday to remove a plate that was inserted in his leg last offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Darkwa's X-ray indicated that the fracture has fully healed, so the plate that limited his explosiveness has been removed and he should be ready for on-field activity in about four weeks.

Darkwa reportedly has drawn interest from a number of teams this offseason, but apparently hasn't been satisfied with the offers presented to him. It doesn't sound like he'll face any health concerns heading into NFL training camps, so the procedure shouldn't affect the market for the 26-year-old back, who averaged 4.4 yards per attempt last season behind a Giants offensive line that Pro Football Focus ranked as the 26th-best unit in the league.

April 9, 2018 09:48 AM
Orleans Darkwa: Visiting New England
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Darkwa is visiting with the Patriots on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

This is Darkwa's first reported visit since the start of free agency, a surprising development given that he averaged 4.4 yards on 171 carries while reaching the end zone five times last season. His breakout campaign appeared to come at the best time possible, but he nonetheless figures to settle for a modest contract and a shot to compete for a committee role. The Giants have already signed Jonathan Stewart as a replacement, and the Patriots added Jeremy Hill to a backfield that also includes Rex Burkhead, James White and Mike Gillislee. There are probably a dozen teams that could still use another running back, but most of those squads are eyeing the NFL Draft as their likely solution.

March 5, 2018 01:16 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: May stay in New York
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Darkwa could re-sign with the Giants before March 14 when free agency begins,'s Jordan Raanan reports.

Darkwa had the best season of his career in 2017, averaging 4.4 yards on 171 carries, five of which went for touchdowns. He isn't particularly fast and doesn't offer much as a pass catcher, but his combination of size and special teams utility could be enough to warrant a multi-year deal with some guaranteed money. The Giants still have Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins under contract, and they may consider signing Dion Lewis or drafting Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall. The team ideally would re-sign Darkwa as a backup and special teams contributor, rather than as a crucial part of the offense. If nothing is worked out before the start of free agency, he shouldn't have much trouble lining up interest from other teams.

December 31, 2017 05:00 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Has career game in finale
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Darkwa carried 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Redskins.

Darkwa received 20 carries for just the third time this season and responded with 7.7 yards per carry and a career high in rushing yardage. The bulk of his damage came on just the second offensive play of the game, when he went 75 yards for a touchdown to give his side a lead it would never relinquish. Darkwa was ineffective in several games this season and ceded touches to Wayne Gallman at times, but he did record career highs in virtually every rushing category. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and could command some attention on the market from teams in need of backfield depth.

December 17, 2017 09:12 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Scores in loss
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Darkwa ran for seven yards and a touchdown on nine carries and added a nine-yard catch during Sunday's 34-29 loss to the Eagles.

The veteran plunged into the end zone for a one-yard score early in the first quarter as part of New York's 23-point first half. It was his third touchdown in five games, but his luck -- like the Giants' -- ran out early. The Giants face an offseason of significant change, and the veteran back hasn't topped four yards per carry in a game since Week 9. It makes sense that the team will look at rookie Wayne Gallman, who will almost certainly be on the squad next season, as compared to Darkwa, who faces free agency.

December 10, 2017 08:52 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Held in check versus Cowboys
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Darkwa carried 10 times for 29 yards and caught two of three targets for an additional 15 yards during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Cowboys.

Darkwa averaged an underwhelming 2.9 yards per carry, despite what was a favorable matchup on paper, finishing with fewer than 33 rushing yards for the third straight game. He also watched as fellow back Wayne Gallman totaled 99 scrimmage yards on 19 touches and was heavily involved as the Giants played from behind. Given Darkwa's ineffectiveness and Gallman's emergence, the latter seems like the more desirable fantasy option heading into next week's matchup with the Eagles.

December 10, 2017 12:12 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Ready to play Sunday
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Darkwa (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

A mid-week addition to the Giants' injury report after missing Thursday's practice while battling the illness, Darkwa was able to return to practice in a limited fashion Friday. It looks like that was enough for the Giants to sign off on him playing Sunday, likely setting Darkwa up for another game as the team's lead rusher. That might not be enough to make Darkwa a viable starting option outside of deeper settings, however, as he's been limited to a combined 62 yards on the ground and two receptions the past two weeks.

December 10, 2017 09:12 AM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Expected to dress Sunday
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Darkwa (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, is expected to play, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

After coming down with the illness following Wednesday's practice, Darkwa sat out Thursday's session before returning Friday in a limited capacity. While Darkwa may not be fully recovered from the illness, it sounds like he'll be healthy enough to give it a go Sunday, likely reprising his role as the Giants' lead back. After three consecutive games of at least 70 yards on the ground, Darkwa's productivity has dipped the past two weeks, as he's amassed only 70 total yards on 27 touches.

December 8, 2017 03:40 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Questionable for Sunday
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Darkwa (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys.

Darkwa was absent from practice Thursday due to an illness, but he participated in both of the Giants' other two sessions this week. As such, he should be healthy enough to suit up Sunday and act as the Giants' lead back against Dallas' 12th-ranked run defense.

December 8, 2017 03:40 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Back at practice
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Darkwa (illness) returned to practice Friday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Darkwa sat out Thursday's session while under the weather, but he was feeling good enough to suit up Friday. It's looking likely that he'll be ready for his usual duties as the Giants' lead back during Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

December 7, 2017 03:32 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Suffering from illness
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Darkwa missed practice Thursday due to an illness, Jordan Raanan of reports.

The Giants' lead back has one day remaining to return to practice, but Darkwa may enter the weekend with a fog hanging over his status for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys. Elsewhere in the backfield, Wayne Gallman is tending to a hip injury, so question marks abound about the upcoming breakdown of reps.

December 7, 2017 01:12 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Misses practice Thursday
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Darkwa was absent from the Giants' practice Thursday, Dan Duggan of reports.

The Giants haven't provided a reason for why Darkwa isn't taking part Thursday, but the running back noted following Wednesday's practice that he was sick, so that's presumably why he's sitting out. Unless Darkwa's illness is an especially serious situation, he still seems likely to play Week 14 against the Cowboys, though his return to practice Friday in any capacity would provide some added comfort to fantasy owners heading into the weekend.

December 3, 2017 10:36 PM
Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Scores touchdown in defeat
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Darkwa rushed 14 times for 32 yards and a touchdown and caught his lone reception for a loss of one yard in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Raiders.

Darkwa did not have an effective day running the ball and was fortunate to save his by finding the end zone. He totaled just one yard on seven attempts in the first half, and his longest carries of the game (of eight and nine yards) came with the defense back protecting a two-score lead in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old saw twice as many rushing attempts as the rest of the Giants' backfield combined and remains their best bet for fantasy production going forward. His owners will want to monitor Sean Lee's status when considering starting Darkwa against Dallas at home in Week 14.


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