|Team:||New York Giants|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 185 lb.|
|College:||West Texas A&M|
|Born:||July 20, 1988|
|Drafted:||2012 / UDFA|
Golden (calf) was released off the Giants' injured reserve with an injury settlement Monday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Golden landed on IR following initial roster cutdowns and was eligible to return after eight games, but he'll instead head to free agency. Golden hasn't seen regular-season action since 2017 with Arizona and is free to sign elsewhere once recovered from the calf injury.
Golden was placed on injured reserve by the Giants on Saturday, Micheal Eisen of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Golden suffered the injury during the final preseason game Thursday, and was unable to return to the game. He'll have to sit out a minimum of eight weeks and barring an injury settlement, will stay on the Giants' roster.
Golden is questionable to return to Thursday's preseason contest against New England due to a calf injury, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: It's unclear how serious the issue is. The injury certainly has unfortunate timing, as Golden has had a decent preseason so far. The 31-year-old caught a team-high 59 yards in last week's preseason contest against Cincinnati in addition to scoring a 68-yard punt return touchdown.
Golden caught two of four targets for a team-high 59 yards in Thursday's 25-23 preseason win over the Bengals. He also scored a 68-yard punt return touchdown and muffed a catch on another punt return for a fumble.
Analysis: Golden came down with a pair of chunk gains from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, though his inability to get out of bounds on a 24-yard reception allowed the clock to run out on the first half with the Giants in Bengals territory. The 31-year-old receiver also pounced on a Jones fumble, as he's doing everything he can to keep himself in the mix for a roster spot.
Golden caught his lone target for 27 yards in Friday's preseason tilt with the Bears.
Analysis: Golden dealt with a groin issue early in camp but appears to be healed now. He saw 14 offensive snaps and is back in the mix for a roster spot.
Golden did not participate in Saturday's practice due to a groin injury, Dan Duggan of The Athletic report.
Analysis: Golden, who has not appeared in regular season action since playing in 13 games with the Cardinals in 2017, is certainly not a lock to make the Giants' 53-man roster as he hopes to prove himself worthy throughout the preseason.
Golden signed a reserve/future contract with the Giants on Monday, according to the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Golden didn't play an NFL snap this season after fracturing his arm in December 2017. The 30-year-old played in 44 games over four years with the Cardinals, totaling only 18 receptions for 293 yards and one touchdown.
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