Giants designate Ben Bredeson, Azeez Ojulari, Tony Jefferson to return from IR


Good news on the injury front for the Giants after their mini-bye: the team has designated edge rusher Azeez Ojulari (calf), guard Ben Bredeson (knee), and defensive back Tony Jefferson (foot) to return from injured reserve.

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All three can now begin practicing, and the Giants have 21 days to activate them or put them back on IR for the rest of the season.

Ojulari, who was supposed to be a bookend for rookie rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, has played just two games this season, so getting him back sometime in this stretch of division games would be a huge boost to the pass rush.

“He's a guy who can win on any given snap. So, that's definitely going to continue to affect the quarterback and put pressure on him,” Thibodeaux said on Monday. “He's a great player. We have meetings, and we're in practice every day together, and having him back out there is definitely going to be a one-up for the D-line and for the pass rush. I'm excited to see him really let it loose.”

Bredeson has missed the last four weeks with a knee injury suffered in the Jacksonville game, and likewise, his return would be a boost for a unit that was without four of its top options in Dallas, including two guards.

Jefferson would also be a big return for a secondary that is currently without three of its four nominal starters and lost Cor’Dale Flott to a concussion on Thanksgiving Day.

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