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A lot of high hopes arose with the Giants’ acquisition of tight end Darren Waller during the offseason in exchange for a third-round pick. And while he was able to play Sunday night despite a hamstring issue, it appears the hamstring issue is something that won’t be resolved quickly.

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It’s the same muscle that landed Waller on injured reserve last year with the Raiders, when he played in just nine games and caught just 28 passes. After his Giants debut, which saw Waller on the field for 38 snaps, he suggested the problem may be more than just a chronic muscle strain.

“I still have people working with me, a team, and it wasn’t the same degree of tension as last year,” Waller said, via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “It has more to do with the nerve that was behind this. So it’s not really a muscle issue. It was more like something a little different, like nerve-wise.”

That does not sound good. Sounds a little like whatever is currently preventing Rams receiver Cooper Kupp from playing.

“I was able to go out and make all the plays they asked me to do and it didn’t affect me,” Waller said. “There were some that ran really deep down the field where it might affect a little bit, but as far as everything they asked of me, I was fine.”

That is an important warning. If Waller, who caught three passes for 36 yards Sunday night, isn’t able to get wide open and move forward, it will limit his potential impact on an offense that needs reliable options for quarterback Daniel Jones.

On Wednesday, Waller did not practice due to the same practice strain on his hamstring. His availability for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals remains to be seen.

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