The New York Giants pre-practice injury report is once again in double-digits.
Leading off the weekly report are defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle), offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back), and linebackers B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Kelvin Sheppard (groin), all of whom were not expected to practice Wednesday.
Head coach Ben McAdoo said Monday that Pugh would likely have to sit for a while after having his back lock up on him last week. McAdoo also indicated that Harrison, who sprained his ankle in last week’s game against the 49ers, would probably be limited this week.
The Giants are really hurting at middle linebacker. They placed Keenan Robinson on injured reserve earlier this week. Meanwhile, Goodson, their starter, is dealing with a high ankle sprain which kept him sidelined last week and is likely to keep him inactive again this week.
His backup, Calvin Munson, is dealing with a quad ailment. Munson, who first suffered the injury in a loss to the Seahawks, played in last week’s game. And Kelvin Sheppard, who was signed last week to fill in at idle linebacker, is dealing with a groin strain suffered in last week’s game.
One possibility to keep an eye on is J.T. Thomas, who was placed on IR before the Week 3 game with a groin injury. NFL rules allow teams to bring back two players from the injured reserve list once they have bene out for eight weeks. If Thomas is healthy enough to return and the Giants injuries at linebacker continue to be an issue, Thomas’ return would be a no-brainer.
Speaking of linebacker, strong-side linebacker Devon Kennard (quad), who was sidelined last week, looked like he might be at minimum limited Wednesday. Curtis Grant filled in for Kennard last week.
In other injury news, right guard D.J. Fluker (ankle) who gutted out his injury last week is on the injury report. Fluker injured his ankle in Sunday’s loss, but valiantly tried to gut out the game. If he can’t go this weekend, chances are that newly signed veteran guard John Greco might get the nod.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who recently got a rest day from practice, is on the injury report with a knee ailment. Pierre-Paul participated in the drills that were open for the media’s viewing, so he looks like he’s going to be listed as limited.
Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and cornerback Donte Deayon are both on the injury report as well with ankle injuries. Tomlinson dealt with the ankle last week, but was able to play through it. Deayon was inactive for the second straight week.