New York Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz suffered a fracture on Sunday above the plate inserted into the left ankle he broke last season. Per head coach Tom Coughlin, the season is almost certainly over for the veteran guard.
"I'm sure that he'll have to be put on IR," Coughlin said.
This will be the second straight season Schwartz finishes on IR. He played in only two games last season, suffering a dislocated toe and then a broken ankle. Schwartz had started all 11 games for the Giants this season. With two years remaining on the four-year, $16.8-million contract Schwartz signed with the Giants before the 2014 season, Schwartz's future with the Giants is also uncertain.
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Also uncertain is the configuration of the offensive line going forward. Guard Justin Pugh (concussion) and center Weston Richburg (high ankle sprain) missed Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, and Coughlin sounded uncertain on Monday that either would be able to play this week against the New York Jets.
"I'm hoping that's going to be the case, at least with one of them. But I don't have any evidence of that just yet," Coughlin said.
Coughlin said that Richburg tried to practice one day last week and that it didn't go well.
What can the Giants do on the offensive line if Richburg and Pugh are again unable to play?
"You keep working. You keep fighting. You keep scrambling," said Coughlin. "This is our team. These are our guys."
The Giants finished the game with John Jerry at left guard, Dallas Reynolds at center and rookie seventh-round pick Bobby Hart, seeing his first significant NFL action, at right guard.
Coughlin said Hart "did OK" in the 53 snaps he played.