The New York Giants appear to be bracing for their eighth offensive line combination in 11 weeks.
Offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, who has been a solid force in the run game at right guard, is expected to miss the Thanksgiving night game against Washington, a source confirmed. NJ Advance Media was first to report the developing situation.
Fluker, who is part of an 11-man injury report for the Giants this week, hurt his toe in Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Ben McAdoo admitted that if the Giants had a game today, that Fluker, who could be looking at a multi-week absence, would not have played.
With Fluker sidelined, either Jon Halapio or John Greco, the latter of whom was signed last week but who was inactive, will step in at right guard.
“He’s played a lot of football in his career and been in a lot of different systems, so we’re confident that John would be able to step in for us,” McAdoo said of Greco.
In addition to Fluker, who would not have practiced Monday had the Giants had a full practice (they held a walk-through), linebackers B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Calvin Munson (quad), defensive linemen Damon Harrison (ankle) and Olivier Vernon (shoulder) and offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) were projected as would not have practiced.
Goodson is nursing a high ankle sprain that has kept him out of three games. He is currently week-to-week. The same can be said of Pugh, who re-injured his back two weeks ago against the 49ers and who was inactive last week. Pugh is also believed to be week-to-week.
Munson is believed to have aggravated a quad injury he first suffered against the Broncos and which put him on the inactive list the following week.
Vernon, who missed four games with an ankle injury, injured his left shoulder in Sunday’s win when he landed hard on the ground while chasing down Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Vernon came out of the game to receive treatment, but went back in to finish.
Running back Orleans Darkwa (hamstring), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), receiver Sterling Shepard (illness), linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (groin) and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were all projected to be limited.
Shepard, who missed last weeks’ game with migraines, is not in the concussion protocol, per McAdoo. Darkwa, meanwhile, told reporters on an earlier conference call that he anticipated he’d be ready to go Thursday night.
The Giants also appear to be managing practice reps for Harrison, Pierre-Paul and Tomlinson in the hopes of ensuring their availability.
“It’s a short week, so it’s tough to recover,” said McAdoo, who also added that he won’t be putting his players through any full-speed practices this week. “That’s the biggest challenge going from a Sunday overtime game to a Thursday night game. We have a lot of guys banged up that will have to fight thru some things.”