EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants received good news on the injury front Friday as linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux and wide receiver Jalin Hyatt exited the NFL concussion protocol and are eligible to play in Sunday's road game against the Washington Commanders.
The last of the five steps for a player in the protocol is to be cleared by an independent neurological consultant, which occurred this afternoon. Thibodeaux and Hyatt were both full practice participants, including contact.
Thibodeaux, who has started every game this season, leads the Giants with 8.5 sacks, 5.5 more than runner-up Dexter Lawrence. Overall, he has 26 tackles (14 solo), eight stops for lost yardage, 10 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He had a career-high 3.0 sacks vs. the Jets on Oct. 29.
Hyatt, the Giants' third-round draft choice this year, has 11 receptions for 214 yards, a team-leading 19.5-yard average. He has the top two and three of the four longest Giants receptions this season, including a 58-yarder at Arizona, and 42- and 33-yarders vs. Washington. The Giants won each of those games.
Tackle Evan Neal (ankle) and cornerback Adoree' Jackson (concussion) will each miss their second consecutive game. Neal had previously missed home games against Washington and the Jets with an ankle injury. Tyre Phillips will again start in his place. The quartet of Nick McCloud, Cor'Dale Flott, Darnay Holmes and Tre Hawkins is available to fill in for Jackson.
The only other player on the injury report is left tackle Andrew Thomas, who is questionable with a knee injury suffered last week in Dallas. He was limited in practice. Thomas returned to the field two weeks ago after missing seven games with a hamstring injury.
Also limited in practiced were running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), linebackers Azeez Ojulari (ankle) and Bobby Okereke (hip), and wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (knee).