As expected, the New York Giants’ list of inactive players for their upcoming game will predominantly consist of those who were featured on the team’s injury report this week. Head coach Brian Daboll has confirmed that several key players will be sidelined due to various injuries.
This comprehensive report provides an in-depth look at the players’ conditions and their impact on the upcoming game.
At the helm of this injury report is quarterback Daniel Jones, who has been dealing with a neck issue. Jones, a crucial figure for the Giants’ offense, has been ruled out for the upcoming game. His absence will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the team’s performance.
Without Jones, the Giants will need to rely on a backup quarterback to lead the offense. Another notable absence will be left tackle Andrew Thomas, who has been nursing a hamstring injury. Left tackles play a vital role in protecting the quarterback’s blind side and are essential for maintaining a strong offensive line.
Thomas’s absence will affect the team’s pass protection and overall offensive strategy. Center John Michael Schmitz, who has been grappling with a shoulder concern, will also be sidelined. The center is a key figure in the offensive line, responsible for snapping the ball to the quarterback and orchestrating the offensive line’s movements. Schmitz’s absence will impact the cohesion and effectiveness of the offensive line.
Tackle Matt Peart, dealing with a shoulder ailment, joins the list of inactive players. Offensive tackles are crucial for protecting the quarterback from edge rushers and creating running lanes for the team’s ball carriers. Peart’s absence will be felt in both the passing and running aspects of the game.
Outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari, who has been nursing an ankle injury, will not be available for the game. Ojulari plays a significant role in the Giants’ defensive strategy, contributing to pass rush and containment of opposing offenses. His absence will affect the team’s defensive effectiveness and ability to pressure the opposing quarterback.
These five players were part of a larger group of 17 players listed on the injury report last Thursday. Regrettably, none of them have been able to participate in practice this week, underscoring the severity of their injuries and their unavailability for the upcoming game.
While there is some positive news with punter Jamie Gillan, who was added to Thursday’s injury report due to an illness, being expected to be available for the game, there are concerns about running back Gary Brightwell.
Brightwell, dealing with an ankle injury, has been downgraded after being limited in Wednesday’s practice. His ability to play on Sunday remains uncertain, and his absence would affect the team’s running game and special teams.
The injury report also includes ten players listed as “limited.” This group comprises key players such as cornerback Deonte Banks (ankle issue), running back Saquon Barkley (ankle concern), right guard Marcus McKethan (knee problem), right tackle Evan Neal (ankle injury), and tight end Darren Waller (groin ailment). These players are expected to be available for the game but may be limited in their performance due to their respective injuries.
Daboll did not provide specific injury statuses for running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) or right tackle Evan Neal (ankle). Given Barkley’s “questionable” designation last week, it is assumed he will receive a similar designation for this week. As for Neal’s status, it remains uncertain, and the team will closely monitor his condition as game day approaches.
Furthermore, Daboll mentioned that the team will likely need to move some players to the injured reserve list to ensure they can make the necessary roster adjustments for the game.
The Giants are expected to promote at least two offensive linemen from the practice squad to compensate for the injured offensive line. Additionally, they may need to add quarterback Tommy DeVito and potentially linebacker Oshane Ximines to their lineup to address the gaps created by the injuries.