Despite hurting his hamstring on Sunday, Rueben Randle is hopeful he can start against the Bucs this week. He was placed on the Giants’ injury report and did not participate in practice with the team on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday.
“It’s a little sore still today,” Randle said. “Usually gets a little better throughout the week. So just have to see how it goes. I’ve been pushing it out for these last three weeks, so I don’t see why not play this week. (I) kind of re-aggravated it a little bit. Just trying to find a way to keep it manageable where I can play.”
Randle was noticeably not right on the Giants’ final drive, putting forth little effort on a long reception that could have helped the Giants tie the game. Instead, they lost 49-52 with Randle ending the day with five receptions for 55 yards. He has so far started all 8 games this season, registering 31 catches for 384 yards and 2 TDs.
The wide receiver is the latest player hurt on a squad that has been dealing with health issues throughout the year. Big Blue is already missing star WR Victor Cruz who has yet to play this year and may find themselves without the services of tight end Larry Donnell who injured his neck in Sunday’s game against New Orleans.
If Randle were to sit, RB Shane Vereen could become the Giants’ de facto number two wide receiver, after Odell Beckham Jr. Vereen has become Eli’s go-to target in tight positions and has posted a healthier yards after catch than Randle, 202 vs. 78.