Giants without four starters in home opener against Carolina Panthers; Kadarius Toney (hamstring) playing

Giants without four starters in home opener against Carolina Panthers; Kadarius Toney (hamstring) playing

The Giants, as expected, were without four starters, for their home opener against the Carolina Panthers Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

The team knew early in the week that cornerback Aaron Robinson would be out after having his appendix removed Wednesday morning. Rookie Cor’Dale Flott, who did not play a defensive down in the season-opening win at Tennessee, was expected to start in Robinson’s place.

Rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, No. 1 on the Giants’ depth chart at slot receiver, was also ruled out Friday after suffering a knee injury early in the opener against the Titans. Richie James filled in again for Robinson after an impressive Giants debut against the Titans last Sunday.

It was also pretty clear that the team would have to play a second straight week without starting outside linebackers Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Azeez Ojulari (calf). Both players were listed as doubtful on the injury report following limited practice participation for the week. Jihad Ward and Oshane Ximines started in place of Thibodeaux and Ojulari again after strong outings in the Week 1 win over the Titans.

Receiver Kadarius Toney, meanwhile, is playing after being listed as questionable with a hamstring injury Friday.

Rookie safety Dane Belton, the team’s fourth-round pick, dressed for the first time after missing the opener with a fractured collarbone that he suffered early in training camp.

The healthy scratches Sunday were running back Antonio Williams, offensive lineman Tyre Phillips and defensive back Jason Pinnock, who had a fumble recovery on a punt in the season opener.

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