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Notebook: Azeez Ojulari 'definitely confident' in Week 3 return


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Defensive end Azeez Ojulari is confident he will make his season debut Monday night. The second-year pro missed the first two games with a calf injury suffered in practice on Aug. 25.

"I'm definitely confident, for sure," Ojulari said. "Just thanks to the training staff and strength staff for getting me back in. (I'm) taking it day-by-day every day, getting treatment and feeling better."

Last season, Ojulari led the Giants with a franchise rookie-record 8.0 sacks. He played in all 17 games, starting 13. Because he is so accustomed to being on the field, Ojulari detested his two games as a spectator.

"It's been tough just sitting on the side, watching when you know you can be out there," he said. "But it's God plan. And things happen for a reason. It's part of the game – injuries. Now I'm back. I'm ready. It's time to go.

"It hurts, but it's all good. We got the dub. At the end of the day, that's what matters – winning. So, on to the next win. Ready to prepare for Dallas."

*Five defensive backs – three not practicing and two limited - were included on the Giants' first injury report of the week. Aaron Robinson (appendix), Nick McCloud (hamstring) and Justin Layne (concussion) were joined by defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee) and wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (knee) as those who did not practice.

Those who practiced but were limited were safeties Dane Belton (clavicle) and Jason Pinnock (shoulder), center Jon Feliciano (shin), linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), defensive end Azeez Ojulari (calf) and wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring).

*Two notable Dallas defensive players did not practice – linebacker Micah Parsons (illness) and cornerback Trevon Diggs (personal). Tight end Dalton Schutlz (knee) and center Connor McGovern (ankle) also sat out. Wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) practiced fully.

The Giants will wear their all-white Color Rush uniforms on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys.