Giants’ Daniel Bellinger ‘safer’ as return nears

Giants’ Daniel Bellinger ‘safer’ as return nears

The first time Giants rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger took the field for a jam-packed practice following surgery to repair a dreaded eye injury, he admitted he was, if not nervous, more cautious than usual.

He went down on Tuesday and Bellinger said he was relieved to see how he felt during and after the session. He appears doubtful to play against the Commanders on Sunday, but expressed supreme confidence that he will return after losing the last four games.

“I was thinking about my eye at first, of course, when we put the pads on,” Bellinger told The Post. “After that, I felt much more comfortable. After those first hits I felt much more confident. No pain, nothing like that. I definitely feel a lot more confident with it than I did a few days ago. I still think it will take a while, step by step, to feel 100 percent again.”

In Week 7 at Jacksonville, Bellinger caught a pass for a 13-yard gain late in the first half and went down after being accidentally poked in the eye by a Jaguars defender. Blood stained the leotard when they removed it, and he required surgery to repair fractures to his lower eye socket and damage to his septum.

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Bellinger also had double vision. That’s clear, and the physical practice earlier this week helped him believe he can handle the real thing.

“We had a lot of hits, we had some nice contact with some linebackers and it wasn’t a problem, so I feel confident about that,” Bellinger said. “I really felt the same as before, there was nothing, visually, pain-wise, so now I feel much safer.”

Bellinger, in seven games, has 16 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He also has a running touch. In addition to their receiving ability, the Giants also lost their run blocking.

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There is a new addition to his helmet: a visor with an attached face mask. The one he used in practice was pink in color.

“It looks cool,” Bellinger said. “He needs to light up the brown of the ball a bit.”

Help has come to the defense. OLB Azeez Ojulari and S Tony Jefferson were activated from injured reserve.

More roster moves: DT Vernon Butler and defensive back Zyon Gilbert were lifted from the practice squad. TE Nick Vannett was signed off the practice squad to the active roster and TE Tanner Hudson was waived.

The Commanders will be without starting RG Trai Turner (ankle). RB Antonio Gibson (foot) is questionable, as is LB Chase Young, who has yet to play this season coming off ACL surgery. … Giants Nick Gates is expected to start at left guard for the second time in his career; It has 18 exits in the center. The interior offensive line group of Gates, Jon Feliciano and Mike Glowinski will face the league’s most prolific interior defensive line duo, Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, who have combined for 76 pressures and 13 sacks.

Glowinski (back) and WR Kenny Golladay (illness) were added to the injury report Saturday, giving the Giants 11 players listed as questionable.

Giants executives and head coach Brian Daboll said Odell Beckham Jr. was taken out to dinner Thursday night as part of his free agent visit and, with Beckham’s reputation and film talent healthy, speculation abounds as to where he’ll end up: the Bills. and the Cowboys are in trouble, too. The Giants have a huge game this weekend, though.

“It’s not a distraction, to be honest,” Saquon Barkley said. “We were aware, we know. Odell Beckham Jr. it is, but the only time we really need to talk is when we need to talk to you. If we were too focused, ‘Oh, is Odell coming or not?’ how could we be in the right frame of mind to play against an NFC East division rival that is 6-1 in its last seven games? That is the focus. I would like Odell to come, but the main thing is to continue to finish the season strong, playing important games in December. We have to find a way to win these games”.

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