Another injury for the offensive line? We'd say we're shocked, but at this point, injuries up front have been the most consistent thing for the NY Giants this season. On Thursday, the G-Men placed Shane Lenmieux on Injured Reserve, signing Sean Harlow off the Dallas practice squad.
However, it looks like Joe Schoen might have to make another move or two in the coming days. Starting right tackle Evan Neal is dealing with an ankle injury and according to insider Art Stapleton, it doesn't seem likely that the former No. 7 overall pick will be able to put the pads on vs. the Commanders:
Evan Neal dealing with an ankle injury is another blow for the Giants offensive line
As rough as Neal has looked at times this campaign, it was fantastic to see him show improved play against the Bills on Sunday night. With his run-blocking in particular, Neal looked like a beast and showed flashes of brilliance.
However, it's clear that his ankle is giving him some issues and he's not able to move around the way he normally does. Because of this, someone else could have to step in and start on the outside. With Andrew Thomas also sidelined, Justin Pugh figures to occupy the spot at left tackle.
What about RT? The Giants just signed Tyre Phillips off the Philly practice squad, bringing him back for another stint in East Rutherford. Phillips could quickly jump right into a starting role for Neal, assuming he has to miss this weekend's contest.
That's not an ideal situation, but Phillips is at least somewhat familiar with the offense. Last season with the Giants, Phillips appeared in 12 games for Big Blue, with five starts. Checking in at 6-5, 330 pounds, Phillips is one big dude. With Washington holding an impressive pass-rush, there will be pressure on him to deliver right away for Brian Daboll.
At the same time, with depth being an issue, this could force Schoen's hand to try and bring in yet another lineman this week. All in all, the OL depth continues to be a major issue for the Giants. This line can't seem to catch a break.