Xavier McKinney’s sudden return to practice gives Giants hope

Xavier McKinney had pep in his step and a hand-wrapped splint.

The Giants welcomed McKinney to practice Thursday for the first time since he broke his left hand in a Can-Am all-terrain vehicle that crashed while sightseeing in Mexico in early November.

The third-year safety caught passes from a staff member and pushed a tackle dummy during the portion of practice open to the media. He was expected to join the scout team defense during team times, head coach Brian Daboll said. Could he play Sunday against the Colts?

“Not sure,” Daboll said before practice. “The first thing is to let him out here and move around. He hasn’t played for a while. He has a contraption to protect his hand, so we’re thinking of getting him started. He is moving to rehab. His lower body is obviously good, so we’ll let him practice and see where he is.

The McKinney path is on the trends more likely to play in the regular season finale against the Eagles, although anything is possible at this stage of a game week.

Xavier McKinney during the Giants-Packers game on October 9, 2022.

The Giants have three weeks from Thursday to turn McKinney on or shut him down for the season. Of course, if the season is still three weeks away, the Giants will have clinched a playoff berth and upset their first playoff opponent, so there’s little risk in starting the clock.

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