Sunday, December 29, 2013
Randle, Diehl active for Giants; Orakpo out
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If you're the New York Giants, you find good news on both sides of the inactives list for Sunday's season finale against the Washington Redskins. Not only are wide receiver Rueben Randle and guard David Diehl, who missed time last week with injuries, both active for the game, but Redskins pass-rusher Brian Orakpo, who sacked Eli Manning twice in the Dec. 1 game in Washington, is inactive with a groin injury.
Diehl missed last week's game with a knee injury but practiced all week and is ready to go for what could be the final game of his 11-year Giants career. It's possible Diehl could be back next year as a backup on a drastically reduced salary, but re-signing him isn't likely to be a high priority for the Giants this offseason. He'll start at right guard Sunday with James Brewer at left guard.
Randle missed some practice time this week with a knee injury of his own and had been listed as questionable for the game. But he's good to go. With Victor Cruz out with a knee injury, Randle will start opposite Hakeem Nicks, and Jerrel Jernigan will work the slot.
Orakpo is replaced in the Redskins' starting lineup by backup Rob Jackson, who's a good, fast pass-rusher but not the same kind of all-around player Orakpo is. Orakpo gave Giants left tackle Will Beatty all kinds of problems in the first matchup, and Beatty said a few days later that he was looking forward to this game to try and redeem himself. He'll have to wait until next year.