For a brief period, NFL fantasy sites recommended picking up Orleans Darkwa in a mired Giants backfield. However, the fullback-type presence in the glut of middling options for Big Blue won’t be contributing down the stretch for the resurgent team.
The Giants moved Darkwa to their injured reserve list with a lower leg injury, ending his season, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv. New York brought up linebacker/safety Eric Pinkins from its practice squad to fill out the 53-man roster.
Not much has gone against the Giants this season, one that’s featured the most promising Big Blue operation since their most recent Super Bowl team. But their run game has not produced much to supplement the Eli Manning- and Odell Beckham Jr.-led offense. It ranks 31st in the league through 11 games, generating just 79.5 yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry.
Darkwa is the second running back that’s gone to IR for the Giants, who lost Shane Vereen to an injury earlier this season. However, the scatback is potentially on his way back to inject some additional life into the team’s backfield via December return from a triceps injury. Vereen, though, does most of his work through the air to leave the Giants with just Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins as ground options.
This is Darkwa’s third year with the Giants, who picked up the former undrafted free agent during the 2014 season. He’s played a backup role for the team the past two seasons. This year, the 24-year-old contributor started twice, rushed for two touchdowns and gained 111 rushing yards. Almost all of his yards came in October, when he rushed for 53 against the Redskins and 48 against the Vikings, scoring in each game.