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S Xavier McKinney designated for return to practice


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Xavier McKinney is on the clock, but it remains unclear when he will play in a game.

The third-year safety returned to practice today for the first time since he fractured fingers on his left hand when the Giants were on their bye the first week of November. McKinney subsequently underwent surgery.

The Giants have 21 days to add him to the active roster or keep him on reserve. Only two games remain in the regular season, but McKinney could return for either or a playoff game, should the Giants qualify. They can clinch a postseason berth with a home victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Coach Brian Daboll said "not sure" when asked if McKinney could play in that game. "Just starting him today. I think the first thing is just let him get out here, move around. He hasn't played in a while, but he's got a contraption to protect his hand. So, I figure we'll get him started. He's been moving around, rehabbing. His lower body's obviously good. So, we'll go ahead and let him practice. And then just kind of see where he's at."

Daboll said McKinney will start on the show team, which runs the opposing team's defense against the Giants' offense.

McKinney, one of the Giants' captains, started the first eight games of the season. He tallied 37 tackles (24 solo), 1.0 sack and four passes defensed. He last played in Seattle on Oct. 30.

*Daboll said cornerback Adoree' Jackson, who has missed the last five games with a knee injury, and linebacker Azeez Ojulari, who injured his ankle last Saturday in Minnesota, remain limited in practice. Daboll said, "there's a chance" they will face the Colts.

*Linebacker Jaylon Smith will have his practice reps reduced due to "load management," Daboll said.

The Giants want linebacker Jarrad Davis, who was signed yesterday off the Detroit Lions' practice squad, to get some work.

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