FOXBORO, Mass. — When cornerback Adoree’ Jackson left the field Wednesday on a cart at first it was feared the Giants would be without one of their key free agent acquisitions for quite some time. That will not be the case.
Jackson has a sprained ankle, but it is not a high ankle sprain and his availability for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Broncos should not be in danger.
“He’ll be with the trainers a little bit, we’ll see where we can ramp him up to,’’ coach Joe Judge said on Thursday. “Looks like we dodged a bullet right there, but we’ll see day by day how it is and we’ll move him around a little bit with the trainers.’’
Jackson did not participate in Thursday’s practice and likely will not be able to play in Sunday’s preseason finale against the Patriots.
Rookie WR Kadarius Toney continues to sit out as he tries to come back from a bout with COVID-19 and recover from a hamstring issue.
“I’m not going to get into anybody’s individual medical right there, but this guy is getting better every day,’’ Judge said. “He’s working with our trainers and doing everything they ask him to do, so I’m pleased with the progress he’s making.’’
The Giants are getting an extended look at Kenny Wiggins, the 33-year old veteran signed this past off-season. Wiggins is working with the starting offensive line at left guard, filling in for Shane Lemieux, who did not make the trip because of a knee injury.
Judge could not be goaded into expressing anything in the way of sentiment or nostalgia about his return — he spent eight years with the Patriots before coming to the Giants. Judge, though, could not hold back when asked about Matthew Slater, one of the NFL’s best special teams players, a stalwart of Judge’s units in New England.
“He made me a better coach every day,’’ Judge said. “With someone so accomplished as Matt is and works as hard as he does that you’ve got to bring it every day. You can’t have an off day. You walk in slopping around and think you’re just going to give them some plate of whatever, they’re going to look at you and you’re done.
“In terms of my relationship with Matt, I have a lot of relationships with a lot of players on this team that I’ve coached. Obviously, my loyalty right now is with the Giants, but I would say if Matt needed a kidney tomorrow he’d have it tonight.’’