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Olivier Vernon | Defensive Lineman | #54

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 262
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (72) / MIA
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Giants RE Olivier Vernon (ankle) is active for Week 10 against the 49ers.
Vernon had been sidelined since Week 4. It's a big boost for the G-Men's free-falling defense. Inactive for the Giants are LB B.J. Goodson, LB Devon Kennard, LB Keenan Robinson, QB Davis Webb, WR Travis Rudolph, CB Donte Deayon and OT Chad Wheeler. Nov 12 - 3:04 PM

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Olivier Vernon (ankle) did not practice Thursday.

He also sat out Wednesday and is trending toward being inactive yet again -- Vernon has not played since Week 4. The Giants signed Devin Taylor to help pick up the slack earlier this week.
Nov 2 - 11:45 AM

Giants RE Olivier Vernon (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 7.

Vernon suffered what is likely a high ankle sprain in Week 4 and hasn't been able to play since. His absence is a big reason for the Giants' defensive downturn.
Oct 20 - 1:45 PM

Olivier Vernon (ankle) did not practice Thursday.

He also sat out Wednesday's session and appears to be trending toward his second missed game in a row. Kerry Wynn got the start with Vernon sidelined last week.
Oct 12 - 12:03 PM

Giants declared RE Olivier Vernon (ankle) inactive for Week 5 against the Chargers.

It snaps a streak of 84 straight appearances for the ex-Dolphin. Battling an ankle injury headed into Week 4, Vernon immediately aggravated it. He could be staring at a multi-week absence. Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) is active against the Bolts. Also inactive for the Giants are C Weston Richburg, RB Paul Perkins, QB Davis Webb, TE Matt LaCosse, CB Michael Hunter and DT Robert Thomas.
Oct 8 - 11:31 AM

Olivier Vernon (ankle) is unlikely to play Week 5 against the Chargers.

It is not a surprise after he sat out the entire week of practice. In better news, Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) is expected to give it a go. Still, Vernon's absence is an upgrade for Philip Rivers.
Oct 8 - 10:01 AM

Giants RE Olivier Vernon exited Week 4 against the Bucs with an ankle injury.

Vernon was only able to practice once this week because of an ankle injury, and he aggravated the issue in the second quarter. He was ruled out after halftime.
Oct 1 - 5:38 PM

Giants RE Olivier Vernon (ankle) is active for Week 4 against the Bucs.

A limited session on Friday was Vernon's only practice participation this week, but he will still give it a go. His presence is a downgrade for Jameis Winston.
Oct 1 - 2:42 PM

Giants RE Olivier Vernon (ankle) is questionable for Week 4 against the Bucs.

Vernon didn't practice this week after his MRI came back negative. He'll likely be a game-time call. If he sits, it's a big upgrade for the Bucs' pass game.
Sep 29 - 10:40 AM

Giants RE Olivier Vernon's (ankle) MRI has come back negative.

Vernon is still questionable for Week 4, but he's avoided major injury. He'll likely either be "limited" or "DNP" on Wednesday as he receives treatment. Vernon has never missed a game in six NFL seasons.
Sep 26 - 4:38 PM

Giants RE Olivier Vernon is dealing with an ankle injury.

"It’s still early in the week," coach Ben McAdoo said Monday. "We have to see how he responds to treatment." Vernon missed 17 snaps against the Eagles. Vernon hasn't become a transcendent superstar since signing his five-year, $85 million contract, but has certainly been a major asset for the G-Men. He would be a big loss for Week 4 against the Bucs.
Sep 25 - 1:38 PM

Giants signed RE Olivier Vernon, formerly of the Dolphins, to a five-year, $85 million contract.

The deal includes $40 million fully guaranteed and is a record-setting contract. The Giants came into the offseason needing to do something about their woeful pass rush. And they've done just that by first re-signing LE Jason Pierre-Paul and now going out and landing probably the biggest fish on the board in Vernon. Vernon was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 overall 4-3 end last season, recording 81 combined sacks, hits, and hurries, while also playing elite run defense. By adding Vernon and DT Damon Harrison on Wednesday, the Giants greatly boosted their defense.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 04:58:00 PM

NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reports the Jaguars and Giants are the "two most serious" contenders for free agent DE Olivier Vernon.

Darlington calls talks "fluid and ongoing." Arguably the top player left on the open market, Vernon should find a new home some time in the next few hours.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 03:43:00 PM

The Dolphins have rescinded RE Olivier Vernon's transition tag, making him a free agent.

Vernon now becomes the top free agent available at any position and should be in line for a mega pay day after DL Malik Jackson got six years, $90 million, and $42 million guaranteed from the Jaguars. Vernon's benchmark will be $15 million per year at least, and it's possible he could follow Jackson to Jacksonville. The Giants will also have heavy interest in Vernon. The Dolphins made the decision after signing Mario Williams on Tuesday.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 09:37:00 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Giants "plan to make a run" at transition tagged DE Olivier Vernon.

Despite re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul and coming to terms with CB Janoris Jenkins, the Giants have a lot of work left to do on defense. Adding an ascending pass rusher like Vernon would be a fantastic next step. The Dolphins are expected to rescind Vernon's transition tag, meaning the Giants will not have to worry about Miami matching if they are able to work out a deal with the talented defensive end.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 09:14:00 AM

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