No word on Giants starting offensive line for game vs Jets
The injury issues on the New York Giants offensive line are still nowhere to be solved.
There is still no word if Big Blue starting offensive lineman Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, will play Sunday for the Giants when they take on their cross-town rival New York Jets.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said on the two before Thursday's practice, “(Justin) Pugh did okay; he’s going to do more today. We’re going to try to get (Weston) Richburg with some more snaps today as well.”
Both players did not play last Sunday in the Giants loss to the Washington Redskins. Their absence was definitely noticeable, as the Giants offense could not produce any sort of running game and with quarterback Eli Manning being under enormous pressure from the Redskins front seven, all game long.
Things got worse for the Giants when right guard Geoff Schwartz, went down with an injury during the Redskins game. Schwartz would later be diagnosed with a broken left leg and the Giants placed him on injured reserve earlier this week.
Because of Schwartz injury, the Giants had to replace him with rookie Bobby Hart, who played his first career NFL snaps in Sunday’s game.
With the statuses of Pugh and Richburg still unknown for Sunday, Hart might make his first NFL start vs the Jets.
“There’s all kinds of things we might consider,” Coughlin said on the makeup of the offensive line for Sunday. “We need to look at it as we go along.”
The Giants also have another injury on the offensive line that came up this week, with starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse not being able to practice this week so far.
Coughlin commented said on the status of Newhouse, “He’s not going to work today. He may have some kind of shot or something, so they wouldn’t work him until that’s taken care of.”
If Newhouse can’t go against the Jets on Sunday, the Giants could potentially play without four of their five starting offensive lineman. That would be make it very tough for the Giants offense to score points or win the game for that matter.
In a five-game race to win the NFC East, the last thing the Giants wants to deal with are injuries. Unfortunately for Big Blue, the injury bug has hit them once again and worse of all this time it has punched the gut of their offensive line.