- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The only mild surprise on the New York Giants' inactives list for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders is tight end Adrien Robinson, and he can't be a major surprise since he hasn't played all year. There had been some optimism that Robinson, who's been out with a foot injury, might play after he practiced all week. And there had been some talk around the Giants about Robinson's ability to help as a blocker in the run game, where their tight ends have struggled this year. But that will have to wait at least another week, as Robinson is one of the seven inactives the Giants announced 90 minutes before their 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
The others include running back Brandon Jacobs, who had been listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, and cornerback Corey Webster, who'd already been ruled out with the groin injury that's made him a non-factor since Week 2. With Jacobs out, Andre Brown is set to make his season debut at running back and will team with Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox in the Giants' backfield. Brown has been out since Week 4 of the preseason due to a fractured leg. Hillis is listed as the starting running back, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll get the most carries.
Trumaine McBride, who missed a practice last week with a groin injury of his own, is active and set to start in Webster's place as he has the past two games.
The other four Giants inactives are cornerback Jayron Hosley, center Dallas Reynolds, defensive tackle Markus Kuhn and third quarterback Ryan Nassib, none of which is a surprise. Kuhn was activated from the PUP list last week, and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers went on season-ending injured reserve to make room for him. But it's rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins who ascends to the active roster ahead of Kuhn. Hankins has played well when he's been active, but had been stuck behind Rogers on the depth chart.