New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams has been placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list at the start of training camp.
The Giants also announced six cuts on Sunday. Williams, who will play the 2020 season under the franchise tag, can be activate at any point during camp.
Williams is reportedly dealing with a hamstring injury, though the Giants do not seem worried about his status going forward. Head coach Joe Judge also spoke about prioritizing health in camp (via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News):
There does not appear to be major concern over Williams’ hamstring injury at the moment. It’s also an advantage for Williams and all players to have acclimation and ramp-up periods this August before padded practices begin on Aug. 17.
Head coach Joe Judge said on Friday that getting and keeping players healthy after their completely virtual offseason will be the critical piece of this unique training camp — and the key to the 2020 NFL season.
“In this time, to be successful, we have to stay healthy,” Judge said. “The healthiest team has an advantage, and we have to do our part to stay healthy.”
Williams played in eight games with New York after coming over to the G-Men via a trade from the New York Jets. The former USC star only tallied a single half-sack, but he also recorded 11 quarterback hits.
The 26-year-old is gearing up for his first full campaign with the Giants, but also awaiting the resolution to a grievance he filed with the NFLPA.
Judge and the Giants will hope their star lineman can get up to speed at some point during camp.