East Rutherford, NJ—New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon will miss the first game in his NFL career today due to a lingering ankle injury.
Vernon, who had appeared in 84 straight games, 66 as a starter, including 20 straight starts for the Giants, suffered an ankle injury in a Week 3 loss at Philadelphia. He tried to play through it last week against Tampa Bay, but aggravated the injury late in the second half and was unable to finish the game.
Vernon, who didn’t practice this week, will be replaced in the starting lineup by Kerry Wynn int he starting lineup. Romeo Okwara will also figures to rotate into that spot. Jason Pierre-Paul, who had been limited this past week in practice with shoulder and knee injuries, is active.
Offensive lineman John Jerry, who was a late add to the injury report with a hamstring issue, is active for third week. Jerry will return to the starting right guard position this week, replacing D.J. Fluker, who started there last week when Jerry moved to left guard.
The rest of the starting offensive line, the Giants’ fourth such starting combination this season, includes Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Brett Jones at center in place of Weston Richburg (concussion), Jerry at right guard and Bobby Hart at right tackle.
With starting running back Paul Perkins (ribs) inactive, Orleans Darkwa, who will start, and Wayne Gallman are expected to split the majority of the carries int he running game.
In addition to Vernon, Richburg, and Perkins, the rest of the Giants inactive list includes tight end Matt LaCosse, quarterback Davis Webb, cornerback Michael Hunter, and defensive tackle Robert Thomas.
The Chargers inactive list includes running back Brandon Oliver (hamstring) and receiver Mike Williams (back), both of whom were declared out Friday; and QB Cardale Jones, LB Korey Toomer, T Tyler Marz, TE Sean Culkin, and DE Jerry Attaochu.