Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand) has been downgraded to questionable for the Giants' Monday night matchup with the Lions at MetLife Stadium.
Jenkins' had a wrap on his hand following the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, but indicated that it wouldn't be an issue moving forward, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported. The Giants revealed on Wednesday that Jenkins was dealing with an ankle injury, but it is not clear when the injury occurred. Jenkins went on to practice fully on Thursday and Friday.
Jenkins registered one tackle in the team's 19-3 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1.
Whatever it is, the loss of Jenkins would be a big one because the Giants don't have a terribly deep cornerback corps. It would of course mean that Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie get the start, but then either Michael Hunter or Ross Cockrell (who has been a Giant for just two weeks) would have to be the third corner. The Giants also would have to decide whether DRC plays the slot (where the Lions use receiver Golden Tate a lot) or whether they turn that over to someone like Cockrell.
Either way, the Giants will have to use three corners a lot against a Lions team that thinks pass first on offense. Last week against a pretty good Arizona Cardinals defense they had a huge game from Tate (10 catches, 107 yards), a strong performance from rookie Kenny Golladay (4-69-2) and Marvin Jones (2-37-1) really didn't get involved. They are a lot to handle, especially with a strong-armed quarterback in Matt Stafford throwing to them.
Jenkins may turn out to be a game-time decision. But the Giants may tip their level of concern by what they do with practice squad cornerback Donte Deayon. If they activate him by 4 p.m. Sunday, it means they're at least worried that Jenkins won't be able to go.