New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa lands on IR, S Eric Pinkins elevated from the PS
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have placed running back Orleans Darkwa on injured reserve, elevating safety Eric Pinkins from their practice squad.

The New York Giants have made a slight change their active roster this week. Running back Orleans Darkwa as placed on the team’s injured reserve, while safety Eric Pinkins was brought up from the practice squad.

Darkwa’s placement on IR comes as a result of a nagging lower leg soreness, stemming from a fracture in his tibia discovered earlier in the spring. The injury marks an end to the third-year veteran’s disappointing 2016 season, one in which he had an opportunity to be a key contributor.

Following injuries to running backs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, Darkwa started for the Giants in two consecutive games against the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. After carrying the ball seven times for just eleven yards against the Packers, Darkwa never received another carry. He was active but did not play against the Baltimore Ravens and played only on special teams for the remainder of the season. Darkwa posted season totals of 30 carries for 111 yards on

He was active but did not play against the Baltimore Ravens and played only on special teams for the remainder of the season. Darkwa posted season totals of 30 carries for 111 yards on a 3.7 yards per carry average with two touchdowns.

Pinkins was signed to the Giants’ practice squad on Oct. 12 after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 10. A sixth-round selection out of San Diego State by Seattle in 2014, Pinkins was unable to play a single game during his rookie season due to a foot injury. He returned in 2015 to play six games for the team.

Over the course of his six career regular season games, Pinkins notched just two total tackles. The 25-year old, who also has experience playing linebacker, will be looked at to contribute on special teams. Pinkins will also provide depth insurance at the safety position with Nat Berhe currently dealing with his second concussion of the year.

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