Although it's most likely a longshot, the Giants may have some added offensive help on the way. And his name is certainly a surprise.
RB Joe Montgomery, who believed he was placed on Injured Reserve after rupturing his Achilles' tendon in June, is actually eligible to begin practicing with the team, effective immediately. Instead of IR, the Giants placed Montgomery on the Physically Unable to Perform-Reserve list, making him eligible to begin practicing after the first six weeks of the season. That date came on Tuesday.
If the Giants were able to get Montgomery working by Nov. 13, they would then have another three-week window. During that time they'd have to decide whether to activate him, waive him or place him on injured reserve. With the club's recent offensive struggles, Montgomery could provide a much-needed boost.
However, it's uncertain how close he is to returning to action. He has been running, but according to one teammate, Montgomery was unable to finish a recent run, believed to be about a mile in length. When asked whether Montgomery figured in the team's plans this season, one front office member answered, "it's worth a shot, isn't it?" Another member of the organization, who also believed that Montgomery was placed on season-ending IR, said that he's "ready to go," as far as returning to practice.
As for the injury report, the Giants have three players listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Washington: DT Keith Hamilton (shoulder), WR Ron Dixon (ankle) and CB Will Allen (ankle). Dixon and Allen are expecting to play, while Hammer said that he may sit out this game and try to return at full strength the following Sunday.