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Giants WR Cody Latimer to return Week 16 vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Giants wide receiving corps will be getting a boost for the final two games of the season.

According to an individual with knowledge of the team’s plans, the Giants will activate wide receiver Cody Latimer in Week 16 and play him against the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys to close out the season.

Latimer suffered a hamstring injury back in Week 6 and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 16, which required him to sit out eight weeks.

The Giants had four weeks to decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster once he began practicing on Nov. 28. Clearly, Latimer showed the organization that he is healthy enough to return to the lineup over the past four weeks.

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is a fan of the NFL’s injured reserve rule that allows teams to get a glimpse of a player prior to bringing him back onto the 52-man roster.

“The way the system works certainly they’ve been on (injured reserve),” Shurmur said last month. “And then I kind of like the way this works, you can practice them for three weeks, because along the way you may need a player. That’s the benefit of it. We lost Quadree (Henderson) this week with a shoulder, and so you have a player that’s practicing that may need to contribute. That’s really the benefit of it. You never know when you’re going to lose a running back, you never know when you’re going to lose a wide receiver, so to have a couple guys in the system getting them back into it, I think whoever made the rule, I think it’s a good rule.”

Prior to suffering the injury, Latimer caught six passes for 104 yards. Once Latimer returns, he’ll likely find a role as the Giants’ No. 3 receiver as well as as a contributor on special teams.

The Giants signed Latimer as a free agent back on March 19.

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