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Darius Reynaud Out, Will Blackmon To Return Kicks

Kick and punt return Darius Reynaud has been ruled out Sunday by the New York Giants due to a hamstring injury suffered Friday during practice. This means Will Blackmon, signed as a free agent during the bye week, will return both kicks and punts Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Mike Garafolo summarized Reynaud’s predicament in his report about the injury:

The Giants said Reynaud won’t even make the trip to Seattle with the team Saturday, meaning Blackmon will get a crack at returning kicks and punts just a little more than a week after becoming a Giant. If Blackmon has a solid performance against the Seahawks, it would be a very bad sign for Reynaud, who is averaging only 5.9 yards per punt return and 18.4 yards per kick return this season.

And with offensive lineman Kevin Boothe’s time to come off the physically unable to perform list running out, the Giants could need Reynaud’s roster spot in the near future.

Blackmon, who hasn’t played since Week 4 last year because of a torn ACL and other leg issues, is averaging 11 yards per punt return and 21.1 yards per kick return in his career.

The Giants have been among the worst return teams in the league this season, so getting a look at Blackmon can’t be a bad thing.