The New York Gints are optimistic that starting running back Rashad Jennings will be able to return for the team’s Week 4 matchup against Minnesota, reports NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. Jennings was a late-decision scratch for the Giants’ loss to division foe Washington. The eighth-year back injured his thumb in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints. Jennings struggled to work through wearing a cast on his left thumb during practice leading into Sunday. Jennings’ return is crucial for New York with backup RB Shane Vereen out, needing season-ending tricep surgery.
Fantasy Impact: Jennings cannot return a moment too soon. The unexpected loss of Vereen for the year means the Giants want Jennings to figure this thumb injury out quickly. Still, the starter is no certainty for Week 4 and will likely be limited because of the thumb, especially in the passing game. Owners should anticipate Jennings to be a game-time decision and look for Orleans Darkwa to get the start, should he be another last-minute scratch.