Giants OL depth now a major concern for Joe Schoen leading up to Week 1
The NY Giants are used to overcoming adversity, but my goodness, can this team go 1-2 days without some bad news on the injury front coming in? That doesn’t appear to be the case, as left guard Shane Lemieux’s toe injury is now an issue with his foot, and it’s unknown when he’ll be able to get back on the field. His status for Week 1 is totally up in the air.
To make matters worse for the G-Men, starting center Jon Feliciano is also dealing with an injury, keeping him out of practice. Because of the injuries that keep piling up, the Giants were only able to practice with 10 healthy bodies on Monday. Obviously, this is not what anyone was hoping for and now general manager Joe Schoen must consider making some moves to help out the situation.
NY Giants OL depth is looking bleak ahead of Bengals game
With the Cincinnati Bengals coming to town on Sunday for the second preseason contest of the summer, this offensive line group truly is banged up. Don’t forget that fifth-round pick Marcus McKethan tore his ACL recently too. Just like that, the former North Carolina standout has been lost for the 2022 campaign.
For the Giants offensive line as a whole, the positive here is that none of the injuries, other than McKethan, appear to be on the serious side. The hope is that everyone will be good to go for the Sept. 11 showdown with the Tennessee Titans. Having said that, not having the line fit together as a whole to keep gelling is rough to see.
Against Cincinnati, you’d figure that head coach Brian Daboll is going to leave out the starters for a little bit longer than he did for the Patriots game, so that both sides of the ball can grow a little more in the chemistry department. With the new-look offensive line having to move so many guys around, though, it’s going to be hard to do that.
In particular, the injury statuses for Feliciano and Lemieux will be something to keep a close eye on. Daniel Jones needs them both back as soon as possible.