New York Giants activate Shane Vereen from IR 1
Sep 25, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) carries the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants’ running back Shane Vereen will play against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night after being activated from IR.

The New York Giants activated running back Shane Vereeen from the injured reserve list on Saturday. He will be able to play in Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Vereen tore his triceps in Week 3 and had to have surgery. He was placed on injured reserve two days later.

Last week, he returned to practice after he was designated for return from IR. He will be reinstated as the Giants passing-down back.

While Vereen is back, left guard Justin Pugh will not return this week even though the Giants had hoped to have both Vereen and Pugh back in action.

In three games this season, Vereen had 31 carries for 147 yards and eight receptions for 75 yards. Last year, he had 59 receptions for 494 yards and four touchdowns.

Vereen should make the Giants’ offense better. New York’s offense is 31st in rushing yards (77.5 per game) and ranks 26th overall. They are 27th in the league on third downs, converting only 35.1 percent of their third down plays into first downs. The 27-year-old should help the Giants move up the rankings when it comes to offense.

The Giants waived offensive lineman Adam Gettis to make room on the roster for Vereen.

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