EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shane Vereen will make his much-anticipated return this Sunday.
Vereen, who has been out with a torn triceps muscle since Week 3, had "a good productive week" at practice, according to Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, and he will be ready to go Sunday. The Giants announced they have activated Vereen off the IR and, in corresponding move, have waived OL Adam Gettis.
According to a source, Vereen will have a limited role in the offense, likely as third-down and two-minute back again. Rookie Paul Perkins may share some of those snaps, though.
The Giants had long been targeting the Dallas game as a potential comeback game for Vereen, according to a team source. Asked about Vereen on Friday, McAdoo said "We'll take another look at Shane Vereen tomorrow and see how he's doing." Vereen has been practicing with the Giants the last two weeks, but McAdoo said "I would say he's limited."
Vereen could be a boost to their stagnant offense and, in particular, their 31st-ranked rushing attack. In the three games he played, Vereen rushed 31 times for 147 yards, or 4.7 yards per carry. He also caught eight passes for 75 yards while serving primarily as the Giants' third-down and two-minute-drill back.
Since the Giants haven't gotten much out of Rashad Jennings (121 carries, 414 yards) or Perkins (50-185) this season, it's possible Vereen could be in for an even larger role when he returns. Not surprisingly, though, McAdoo remained non-committal on that.
"We'll take a look at that," he said Friday. "It's hypothetical right now. We'll take a look at it when we come to it."
On Wednesday, McAdoo said "There's a chance that we may have [an offensive] package for Shane if he's ready to go."
But even offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan wouldn't say for sure how large that package would be.
"I'm hoping he's able to return and we're going to see how that plays itself out," Sullivan said. "Obviously the things he did before he got injured helped our offense a great deal from a pass game perspective. He also was running the ball quite well. Obviously we have to wait and see where he's going to be at physically. Hopefully he's going to be there for us and certainly he could be a weapon that can help us get back to where we need to be."