On Monday, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported that Giants starting offensive lineman Justin Pugh has a torn patellar tendon and will miss the rest of the season. According to a team spokesman, Pugh suffered the injury in a non-contact drill. It’s been rumored that he’s been playing with a nagging injury, but the team declined to comment. Pugh has been starting at left tackle since Week 1, and he’s been a big part of the Giants’ offensive line, helping lead this team to a 5-2 start.
The New York Giants are one of the NFL’s most successful franchises, but they have lately been beset by injuries to key players. For linebacker J.T. Thomas, the latest to go down was a torn patellar tendon. Thomas missed the entire third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions after hurting himself on a play where he was thrown to the ground. His injury is the 14th of the season for the Giants, including three in the past week alone.
The New York Giants have been going through an unfortunate string of injuries to their offensive line, specifically starting o-linemen. The Giants had a number of different options when it comes to replacing the injured players, however they went with second year player Brett Jones. Jones was previously with the Giants in 2013, when he started in the preseason before being cut in October.
Shane Lemieux, the Giants’ projected starting left guard, has a torn patellar tendon in his knee.
Shane Lemieux, the Giants’ expected starting left guard, has a partly torn patellar tendon in his knee, which adds to the team’s concerning offensive line issue.
While this is a severe injury, Lemieux intends to play through it rather than having surgery, which would likely terminate his season.
Lemieux first had a knee injury a few weeks ago, which the club thought they had avoided by diagnosing him with a sprained MCL.
Despite the fact that Lemieux returned to practice for the Giants’ walkthrough on Tuesday, The Athletic’s Dan Duggan claimed that he is struggling with a more severe ailment.
According to reports, Giants left guard Shane Lemieux has a partly torn patellar tendon. During camp, Lemieux has missed two stints of practice. He took part in today’s walk-through, and his goal is to play through the injury without surgery.
August 31, 2021 — Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21)
The Giants just made two deals to provide depth to their interior offensive line, which is severely lacking.
They can’t afford to lose Lemieux, who was expected to be their starting left guard this season. However, with an injury like that, it’s difficult to believe the second-year 2020 fifth-round draft selection out of Oregon will be able to play through the whole 17-game season.
Despite the news of Lemieux’s patellar rupture, head coach Joe Judge remained upbeat about his guard’s future prospects.
Judge told reporters yesterday, “I’d think the next two days will reveal a lot.” “He’s been on the right track, and he’s done some excellent work. When we traveled to New England to work with the trainers, we obviously left him behind. That had been a good week for him. [Wednesday] and Thursday will be significant indicators for us in terms of what we can anticipate to see in Week 1.”
While the Giants had hoped Lemieux would be ready by Week 1, his availability for the rest of the season seems to be in question due to a severe patellar tear.
Getting rid of Zeitler is a difficult task.
Following Lemieux’s injury, the Giants’ offensive line has been on full show this summer. This makes parting ways with Kevin Zeitler seem to be an even greater blunder than previously thought.
Not only was Zeitler the best player on their line, but if Lemieux misses the season, the Giants may not even have a starting caliber player to replace him.
The Giants’ decision to dismiss Zeitler, citing salary limit concerns, seemed dubious. It was even more perplexing when they went out and spent big money on skill players like Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph while doing little to strengthen their offensive line.
In fact, it was a gross disservice to their franchise quarterback Daniel Jones, who has yet to get enough protection in year three.
If the Giants are expecting that the 2021 season will reveal whether Jones is their quarterback of the future or not, they have not done a good job of providing him with the necessary tools.
The offensive scheme of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is a conservative one that relies on short-intermediate routes in the passing game. In third-down situations, this frequently comes back to bite the team, as they throw in front of the sticks.
Jones was also seen sprinting for his life against the Patriots in Sunday’s preseason finale, which impacts his performance on the field. Jones threw a devastating interception in the end zone, which knocked points off the board for the Giants in the first half, despite going 17-for-22 for 135 yards and a score.
These are the kinds of errors Jones has to avoid in his third season. However, it’s difficult to do so when he doesn’t have enough time to toss, which forces him to attempt to accomplish too much on his own.
Follow @ragazzoreport on Twitter for more Giants news.
- new york giants logo
- new york giants record
- 2007 new york giants