Daniel Bellinger

New York Giants
Tight End
New York Giants
Tight End

Daniel Bellinger News

Totals five catches in return

Bellinger caught all five of his targets for 24 yards Sunday in the Giants' 20-20 tie with Washington.

Analysis: Playing in his first game since suffering a fractured left eye socket against Jacksonville in Week 7, Bellinger tied his career-best mark with five catches and finished in a tie for third on the team with five targets. The rookie tight end was used exclusively as a short-yardage option -- his longest gain went for just eight yards -- but it was still promising to see his level of involvement after the long layoff. New York appears committed to Bellinger as the team's clear-cut No. 1 tight end, giving him some low-end fantasy value at the position despite the Giants' mediocre passing game.

Dec 4, 2022 6:13 PM EST


Back in action Sunday

Bellinger (eye) is active for Sunday's game versus the Commanders.

Analysis: After enduring a brutal fracture to his left eye socket back in Week 7 and undergoing surgery to repair it, Bellinger has progressed enough for the Giants to clear him to return. He'll thus miss four games as a result, and the team seemingly is confident he'll be able to handle most of the TE reps after making Lawrence Cager a healthy scratch Sunday. Prior to getting injured, Bellinger scored two touchdowns on 18 targets, four of which occurred in the red zone.

Dec 4, 2022 8:53 AM EST



Drawing closer to return

Bellinger (eye) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Commanders, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Bellinger isn't in the clear yet as he draws closer to the end of his recovery from the fractured left eye socket that he sustained back in Week 7. So far, he's missed four games as a result of the injury and subsequent surgery, but three capped practices in a row this week at least has given him a chance to return Sunday. If the Giants clear him ahead of a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, Bellinger may be eased in due to the relatively steady play of fellow tight end Lawrence Cager over the last three outings.

Dec 2, 2022 11:42 AM EST


Listed as limited Thursday

Bellinger (eye) was listed as limited on Thursday's estimated injury report, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Bellinger has been in recovery mode since suffering a fractured left eye socket Week 7. He resumed catching passes during Week 11 prep, which continued into last week. The rookie fourth-rounder then logged his first practice since sustaining the injury Wednesday, participating in a limited capacity. Bellinger would have maintained that activity level one day later if the Giants had held a session, but he at least appears to be putting himself in a position to return to action Sunday versus the Commanders. Friday's report could give the final word on that front, but if Bellinger doesn't suit up this weekend, Lawrence Cager again would be in line for an expanded role at tight end.

Dec 1, 2022 11:50 AM EST


Limited to begin Week 13

Bellinger (eye) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Bellinger took part in practice for the first time since Week 7, after missing the Giants' past four games while recovering from surgery to address a fractured left eye socket. Head coach Brian Daboll expressed optimism Tuesday that Bellinger would be able to return to the lineup Sunday against the Commanders, and the rookie tight end took a positive step forward in that regard by getting back on the field, even if only in a limited capacity. If Bellinger demonstrates enough progress in the Giants' next two practices to gain clearance for Sunday, he'll likely step back in as the team's top tight end after none of Lawrence Cager, Chris Myarick or Tanner Hudson did much to distinguish themselves while Bellinger was out of the lineup.

Nov 30, 2022 1:48 PM EST



Week 13 return remains possible

Giants head coach Brian Daboll said Tuesday that he's optimistic that Bellinger (eye) will be available for Sunday's game against the Commanders, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Though Daboll didn't offer many specifics on the matter, he indicated that Bellinger is "trending in the right direction" as the Week 13 game approaches. Before missing the Giants' past four games with a fractured eye socket, Bellinger had been serving as the team's top tight end, and he'll likely reclaim that role whenever he receives full medical clearance. New York has been getting by with a combination of Lawrence Cager, Tanner Hudson and Chris Myarick at tight end in recent weeks, with none making a major splash for fantasy purposes.

Nov 29, 2022 9:20 AM EST


Could return Sunday

Giants head coach Brian Daboll said Friday that Bellinger (eye) may be able to return to action Week 13 against Washington, Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports reports.

Analysis: Bellinger has been out since suffering a fractured eye socket Oct. 24 against Jacksonville, though he was not placed on IR. The original timeframe for his return was estimated to be four to six weeks, and he's coming up on the tail end of that range. Though Bellinger worked catching passes last week, he didn't officially participate in any practices. He'll need to do so this week to have a chance of playing Sunday against the Commanders.

Nov 28, 2022 7:08 PM EST


Sitting out Thursday

Coach Brian Daboll said Tuesday that Bellinger (eye) won't play in Thursday's contest at Dallas, Connor Hughes of SNY.tv reports.

Analysis: Bellinger thus will miss a fourth game in a row due to a fractured left eye socket. Until he mixes into a practice, he isn't a candidate to return to action, but he at least resumed catching passes last Wednesday. In Bellinger's place, the Giants will continue to roll with Lawrence Cager at tight end, with Tanner Hudson and Chris Myarick in reserve.

Nov 22, 2022 9:15 AM EST


Listed as DNP

Bellinger (eye) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants held a walkthrough Monday, so the injury report is merely an estimate. Regardless, it's concerning to see Bellinger remain unavailable due a fractured left eye socket. The rookie tight end will have two more opportunities to return to practice before the team needs to make a decision on his status for Thursday's matchup against Dallas, but as of now, it appears he's trending toward a fifth straight absence.

Nov 21, 2022 12:10 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 11

Coach Brian Daboll said Friday that Bellinger (eye) is ruled out for Sunday's game against Detroit, Charlotte Carroll of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bellinger will miss a fourth straight contest due to a fractured left eye socket, while also having had the Giants' bye to recover. The rookie tight end was able to resume catching passes Wednesday, a sign that he continues to progress in the right direction, but New York will have to rely on Lawrence Cager, Tanner Hudson and Chris Myarick to hold down the fort at tight end at least one more week. Bellinger's next chance to play will come Thanksgiving Day versus the Cowboys.

Nov 18, 2022 8:11 AM EST


Catches passes Wednesday

Bellinger (eye), who didn't practice Wednesday, was able to catch passes on the side while wearing a visor on his helmet, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Since fracturing his left eye socket Week 7, Bellinger has missed two games sandwiched around the Giants' Week 9 bye. The swelling around and the double vision within the eye in question has nearly subsided, though, and the next step in Bellinger's recovery is an upcoming visit to a specialist, which may happen by the end of this week, per Stapleton. Once that comes to pass, the Giants may have some clarity on the final stages of Bellinger's recovery timeline. For the time being, though, Lawrence Cager likely will be the main beneficiary at tight end, with Tanner Hudson and Chris Myarick in reserve.

Nov 16, 2022 5:43 PM EST


Not practicing

Bellinger (eye) didn't practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Bellinger has already missed two games after fracturing his eye socket Week 7 against the Jaguars. He's in danger of missing another but did say he expects to play again this season.

Nov 16, 2022 1:53 PM EST


Officially out for Week 10

Bellinger (eye) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Bellinger will miss at least one more contest due to a fractured left eye socket suffered Week 7 versus the Jaguars, though the team has expressed optimism he could return Week 11 against Detroit. Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson will hold down the fort at tight end during Sunday's contest against Houston, in the meantime.

Nov 11, 2022 8:39 AM EST


Needs more time to heal

Bellinger (eye) said he is improving and will play again this season but still needs time to heal, Connor Hughes of SNY.tv reports.

Analysis: The tight end worked with trainers on the side at Tuesday and Wednesday, but he'll miss at least one more game coming out of the Week 9 bye. The Giants haven't placed Bellinger on IR, which suggests he at least has some chance to make it back within the next 3-4 weeks.

Nov 9, 2022 12:08 PM EST


Showing improvement

Bellinger (eye) worked with trainers on the side during the open portion of Giants practice Tuesday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bellinger has been out of action since fracturing his left eye socket during a Week 7 win over the Jaguars. The rookie tight end has been said to be improving, and Giants general manager Joe Schoen recently indicated that the team hopes Bellinger will be able to return Week 11 versus Detroit, per Duggan.

Nov 9, 2022 8:53 AM EST


Gets eye surgery

Bellinger underwent successful surgery Friday to address damage to his septum as well as fractures on the lower window of his left eye socket, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Surgery was ordered up for the rookie tight end after he suffered the injury when he was poked in the eye during the Giants' Week 7 win over the Jaguars. According to Fowler, Bellinger believes he'll be able to return to the field in 2-to-6 weeks, but prior reports have suggested a 4-to-6-week timeline may be more realistic. At least for the upcoming week, the Giants will likely turn to Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson to handle reps at tight end, but neither player profiles as a reliable fantasy option.

Oct 28, 2022 10:50 AM EST


Needs surgery, out indefinitely

Giants head coach Brain Daboll said Monday that Bellinger (eye) will undergo surgery and is out indefinitely, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Bellinger fractured his eye socket during Sunday's win over the Jaguars and was transported to the hospital immediately, but he wasn't diagnosed with a fracture until meeting with a specialist Monday. Daboll wouldn't rule out the rookie tight end for the season, but he did say it's currently uncertain if Bellinger will play again this season.

Oct 24, 2022 1:29 PM EST


Has fractured eye socket

Bellinger may require surgery after fracturing his eye socket in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Jaguars, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Bellinger had to go to the hospital after getting injured during Sunday's game, and a meeting with an ophthalmologist Monday revealed the extent of the injury. Even if the rookie tight end avoids surgery, he'll likely miss some time as he recovers from this injury, though a concrete return timetable for Bellinger has yet to be established.

Oct 24, 2022 10:42 AM EST


Meeting with ophthalmologist

Bellinger (eye) is slated to meet with an ophthalmologist Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports reports.

Analysis: Bellinger was unable to return to Sunday's eventual win in Jacksonville after getting poked in the eye on his only catch near the end of the second quarter, which required a cart to go to the locker room. Coach Brian Daboll told Vacchiano that Bellinger is traveling back to New York with his teammates, but the tight end's "eye looks terrible right now." Monday's examination may reveal whether or not Bellinger misses any time, but if he does Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson are the next Giants up at the position.

Oct 23, 2022 3:19 PM EST


Rejoins teammates for trip home

Coach Brian Daboll said Bellinger is back with the Giants after Sunday's win at Jacksonville, Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports reports.

Analysis: Bellinger exited the contest after he was poked in the eye during his only catch (a 13-yarder) just before halftime, requiring a cart to get the locker room. He was seen with a lot of blood on the front of his jersey, and Daboll also told Vacchiano afterward that Bellinger's "eye looks terrible right now." There's no telling if Bellinger's status is in peril for next Sunday's visit to Seattle, but the other tight ends on the Giants' active roster are Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson.

Oct 23, 2022 2:09 PM EST


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