Unfortunately for the NY Giants and head coach Brian Daboll, Daniel Jones tearing his ACL wasn't the only injury this team suffered on Sunday against the Raiders. Second-year right tackle Evan Neal also had to leave the game early.
Neal, who missed two games earlier this season, is dealing with another ankle injury. With Neal not able to close out the game at Allegiant Stadium, Tyre Phillips stepped in at RT. With it up in the air how much time Neal will miss, Phillips will get another start vs. the Cowboys if Neal can't go.
Evan Neal suffering an ankle injury is a nightmare for the Giants offensive line
"It hurts. I’m pretty sure it’s similar to what I had in the other one. I got long-armed and I had one foot in the ground and I was falling backwards and it was weird, I feel like I hyperextended it maybe.- Evan Neal via the NY Post
Neal was in a ton of pain on Sunday and things haven't gotten much better for him to start the week. It's been a pretty inconsistent campaign for the No. 7 overall pick, which has been disappointing to see. Neal looked rough at times during his rookie season and fans were hoping he'd take a major step forward this fall.
This hasn't been the case and a lot of folks have just about had it with the former No. 7 overall pick. When Neal was taken in the first round in '22, he was expected to blossom into a star RT on the other side of the line of Andrew Thomas.
The opposite has been the case thus far and Neal consistently battling ankle injuries this year has only made things worse for him. It's unknown how serious this injury is, but it would be a bit of a surprise to see him start against Dallas. Depending on who you ask, him not being able to play would be good news for the G-Men.