The Giants had to pull the plug early on Kadarius Toney’s electricity.
The rookie receiver was cleared to play Sunday against the Rams but didn’t survive the first drive before he was ruled out for the rest of the game with an ankle injury.
Toney looked headed for a third straight game with a major impact when he made three catches for 36 yards on the Giants’ opening possession. Toney’s highlights included converting a third-and-14 with a 17-yard catch on a nice out-route to the sideline and then juking a defender out of his shoes for a 16-yard gain to set up what became a field goal.
But Toney was tackled by Jordan Fuller on the Rams sideline, got up limping and made his way to the Giants sideline, where he was examined by the trainers before heading into the locker room. Toney quickly was ruled out for the game – usually an indication of severity.
Toney was listed as questionable on the weekly injury report and looked to be fighting through ankle pain during pregame warm-ups. He initially was hurt last week during a breakout game (10 catches for 189 yards) against the Cowboys and underwent postgame X-rays.
The Giants already are short-handed on offense without receivers Darius Slayton (hamstring) and Kenny Golladay (knee) and running back Saquon Barkley. So, they took a chance with Toney, despite elevating Dante Pettis from the practice squad as insurance.
Right tackle Nate Solder (hand) also was hurt on the opening possession but returned when the Giants offense next took the field.