Giants likely to be without several key players Monday against Vikings

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants will head to Minnesota for their Monday night matchup with a severely depleted secondary and backfield.

Safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot) have already been ruled out. Cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring) is doubtful, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) is questionable. Rodgers-Cromartie appears to be the only ailing Giant defensive back with any chance to play, but even his chances are slim.

It’s more likely the Giants will start undrafted rookie Andrew Adams at safety and have Leon Hall and Trevin Wade as two of their top three cornerbacks against the Vikings’ 28th-ranked passing attack. Adams hasn't played a single defensive snap in the NFL.

“We have some guys out there practicing right now that have done a nice job in the last preseason game (vs. New England) versus a pretty good quarterback (Tom Brady),” coach Ben McAdoo said earlier this week. "So we have confidence in those players.”

Running back Rashad Jennings is questionable but unlikely to play a key role in the contest. He remains limited by a thumb injury, and Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey handled most of the first-team snaps at practice this week with Jennings limited and Shane Vereen having recently been placed on injured reserve.

Jennings missed last week’s game against the Washington Redskins. He’s made some progress but would still be limited catching the football and blocking if he played.

“Rashad had a nice day [Friday],” McAdoo said. “He got some work in both with our offense and the ‘look’ team and had a productive day. He caught some balls, so he’s progressing.”

It remains unlikely Jennings will play or contribute much against the Vikings.

The Giants will also be without starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse. He remains sidelined for a second consecutive week with a calf injury. Second-year lineman Bobby Hart will make his third career start in his place.

Hart held his own against the Redskins and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. He’ll face another tough task against a Vikings defense that leads the NFL with 15 sacks. Hart should be seeing plenty of Brian Robison and Danielle Hunter on Monday night.

The Giants’ full Week 4 injury report:


S Nat Berhe (concussion)

T Marshall Newhouse (calf)

DT Robert Thomas (illness)

S Darian Thompson (foot)


CB Eli Apple (hamstring)


RB Rashad Jennings (thumb)

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin)