The Giants had no players listed as out, doubtful or questionable on their final injury report, all but assuring that cornerback Adoree' Jackson will make his long-awaited return Sunday in Minnesota in the NFC Wild Card Game.
The Giants added WR Isaiah Hodgins (ankle) to the injury report on Saturday with no game status. He is expected to play.
Jackson, the team's best and most experienced cornerback, has been sidelined since injuring his knee against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 20. He was listed as a full practice participant on Friday for the first since then.
"I've been antsy since the Detroit game – since I went out and wanted to go back in, but knew I couldn't," Jackson said Wednesday. "The antsy-ness, I don't think it ever goes away. Even if somebody retired from playing ball, whatever it may be, they're always going to have the urge to go out there. I feel like I'm always going to be antsy, but being smart with it, not wanting to not just hurt myself, but hurt my team in any situation."
Jackson was asked then if he had to pass tests before getting clearance to play.
"Yeah, tests for the coaches," he said. "They always say they don't want to put you out there if you can hurt yourself or hurt the team. So, we just keep going week by week to see how I look and how they feel about me being out there."
Before practice and the release of the injury report, defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson was asked what Jackson would bring to the defense.
"If he does play, his energy, his confidence, his ability to go out there and be on the grass for us is big," Henderson said. "The guys who've played in his absence have played really well, too. So, if we get him back, I'm super excited. But if he's not back, we're going to line up and play and give them our best shot."
A six-year veteran with six postseason starts in his career, Jackson will rejoin a Giants secondary that also includes safety Xavier McKinney, another top player who missed the 27-24 loss to the Vikings three weeks ago.
Below is the gameday inactive list, which is released 90 minutes prior to kickoff:
- CB Rodarius Williams
- RB Jashaun Corbin
- LB Micah McFadden
- G Wyatt Davis
- G Jack Anderson
- WR Kalil Pimpleton
- DT Henry Mondeaux
- CB Cameron Dantzler
- RB Ty Chandler
- OLB Luiji Vilain
- DL Esezi Otomewo
- DL Ross Blacklock
View photos of the Giants arriving in Minnesota for their Wild Card matchup against the Vikings.