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Giants HC Ben McAdoo said RB Orleans Darkwa injured his calf on his 23-yard TD run in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Chargers. He carried just twice more the rest of the way, taking a backseat to RBs Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen. We'll monitor Darkwa's status throughout the week.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (back) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. Rookie RB Wayne Gallman is active for the 1st time this season. He joins Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen in the backfield.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (back) is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Bucs. He was limited on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. Darkwa shouldn’t be in your Week 4 fantasy plans. His absence would turn RB Paul Perkins from a bad fantasy play to a sorta-bad fantasy play.

ESPN's Jordan Raanan believes the Giants will expand RB Orleans Darkwa's role in Week 3 -- even saying he might be "featured." The G-Men are looking for answers after totaling just 13 points through 2 games. RB Paul Perkins has been completely ineffective, averaging a pathetic 1.9 yards per carry on 14 attempts. Darkwa has carried just 6 times but averaged 5.2 yards per. This is a backfield to avoid in Week 3, but Darkwa is worth a wait-and-see stash in deeper fantasy leagues.

According to ESPN's Jordan Ranaan, Giants RB Paul Perkins hasn't "blown anyone away with his performance this summer." That, of course, comes across as a euphemism for: Perkins looks disappointing. The team has been counting on Perkins to lead the backfield in his 2nd season after it let Rashad Jennings go in the offseason. But Orleans Darkwa is reportedly pushing for more work and has already been splitting recent 1st-team reps. Shane Vereen also could add more carries to a profile that should already include leading the group in receptions. We'd still bet on Perkins leading the team in carries this season -- as of now -- but the Giants seem headed for more of a committee approach than they probably hoped heading into camp. And Perkins looks more like the bench fodder that his fantasy football draft price has made him so far than a potential mid-round steal. We'll see if he can step it up.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is inactive for tonight's game against the Packers. Orleans Darkwa is expected to serve as New York’s lead ball-carrier, with Bobby Rainey handling passing downs. Rookie Paul Perkins will sprinkle in for a handful of touches.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is not expected to play against the Packers on Sunday night, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. That'll again leave the backfield to Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins. Darkwa served as the lead ball-carrier last week, finishing with 48 yards and a score against a tough Vikings run defense. Rainey handled most of the passing-down work, hauling in 7 of 9 targets for 43 yards -- although most of those came in garbage time. Raanan expects Perkins' role to "increase slightly," but his pass-blocking deficiencies will continue to limit his playing time. This is a situation to try to avoid against Green Bay's top-ranked run defense. If you're forced to dabble, Darkwa is your best non-PPR bet; Rainey the best PPR play.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is officially inactive for tonight's game against the Vikings. The team announced RB Orleans Darkwa as the starter. He's the best fantasy bet but figures to lose touches to RB Bobby Rainey and potentially RB Paul Perkins.

ESPN reports that the Giants have ruled RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) out for tonight's meeting with the Vikings. That leaves the backfield as Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins. You should try to avoid this situation, but Darkwa's the guy if you're forced to play 1. We'll be curious to see if Perkins gets some touches after playing only on special teams to date.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is "unlikely" to play against the Vikings on Monday night, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. That'd leave the G-Men with RBs Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins. Darkwa would be the best fantasy bet as the early-down back. Rainey would figure to see action in passing situations. New York doesn't seem to trust the rookie Perkins yet.

The Giants announced that RB Shane Vereen has a triceps injury that will require season-ending surgery. It's another blow to a backfield already dealing with a thumb injury to Rashad Jennings. We suspect that Vereen's absence will speed up the timetable to return for Jennings. New York's healthy RBs right now are Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey. Darkwa played well in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, taking 10 carries for 53 yards and a TD.

Update: NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that there's a chance Vereen will come back off IR at some point this season via the "designated to return" tag. The team also reportedly removed "season-ending" in reference to Vereen's surgery when it sent out the press release. Vereen's still fine to drop for more immediate help in redraft formats.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) wouldn't commit to being ready for Week 4 after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Redskins. "I'm going to do everything I possibly can," he said when asked if he'd play next Monday against the Vikings. Jennings also explained that concerns about his ability to pass protect and contribute as a receiver kept him out of the Washington game. Shane Vereen (13) and Orleans Darkwa (11) split backfield duties with Jennings sidelined and would likely play similar roles in Week 4 if Jennings remains out.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is not expected to play against the Redskins today. That's a surprise after he battled through the injury last Sunday and put in 3 limited practices this week. His absence leaves Shane Vereen as the best bet for touches in the Giants' backfield. He racked up 14 carries and 3 receptions last week and might be looking at a similar workload today. Orleans Darkwa also figures to see more action, and rookie Paul Perkins could make his NFL debut. Neither of those guys should be in fantasy lineups, though.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (back) is probable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. He practiced all week and shouldn't have any limitations. But we’re all just guessing about how the Giants will divvy backfield touches.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa is out for the rest of Sunday's game with a back injury, according to the WFAN radio broadcast.  He finishes with 4 carries for 23 yards.

Giants HC Tom Coughlin suggested that he'll continue to deploy a RB-by-committee, despite RB Orleans Darkwa's strong Week 7 showing.  "We’re fortunate we have four guys that can play,” Coughlin said. “The four healthy guys, that’s a great thing, believe me.”  He added that Darkwa's role "depends on the plan and the type of game we expect and how we strategize."  Rashad Jennings currently leads the Giants with 71 carries, which ranks just 25th league-wide.  No Giants RB sits higher than 30th among RBs in PPR or non-PPR points.  It continues to be a situation best avoided.

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