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Justin Pugh injury: Giants’ guard “will miss a little bit of time” (Updated)

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Brett Jones filled in capably for Pugh vs. Eagles

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Justin Pugh limps off the field Sunday against the Eagles.
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Justin Pugh, who left Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a sprained knee, “will miss a little bit of time,” New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo said on Monday.

Brett Jones filled in for Pugh at left guard against the Eagles, and graded out well according to Pro Football Focus. We included Jones among our “Kudos” for his work on Sunday. McAdoo, however, did not commit on Monday to leaving Jones in the lineup for however long Pugh is out.

“We’ll take a look at all of our options,” McAdoo said.

The Giants’ other option would be to kick current starting right tackle Bobby Hart inside to Pugh’s guard spot and put Marshall Newhouse in the lineup at right tackle.

McAdoo said that wide receiver Victor Cruz, who left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, will have an MRI on Monday.

Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib, inactive Sunday due to a right elbow injury, will be limited in practice this week according to McAdoo.

Here are some of the other takeaways from McAddo’s remarks.

On using Dwayne Harris and Roger Lewis more on offense ...

Lewis played 37 snaps and had a 30-yard touchdown catch. Harris played 16 snaps on offense.

“I think it’s always good to get everyone involved. Those are two guys that have earned some opportunities. They’ve been practicing hard. Look good in practice and have earned reps. We’re going to give them some opportunities as long as they keep earning reps and working hard on the practice field and in games.”

On not dressing Leon Hall, who was inactive ...

“It’s just the way it shook out. We wanted to get three safeties up. True safeties up. It came down to special teams. When you have a lot of healthy bodies you have to make some tough decisions. Certainly Leon has played some good football for us. We’re confident in Leon and what he brings to the table.”

On increased snaps for several young players ...

“That’s how I grew up in this business, to get young players and everyone involved in game days that is up. Give them all the support they need to be successful. The way to get young players acclimated to the varsity team is to get them out there and get them going. When the snaps get to December and January, it’s not too big for them. It’s not the first time they’re on the field.

“You have to acclimate them early. You can’t wait until December. You have to get them opportunities to compete in practice and get them in there in games. They have to earn the opportunity. They don’t just get to play. They have to earn that opportunity and prove that they’re trustworthy and accountable. I think it does a lot for your team. It gives 46 guys an opportunity to play. I think it helps the veterans and breathes some life in the veterans in the long season. They have young guys that are champing at the bit. They bring excitement and energy. It’s fun to see the young guys have success.

On the pass to Odell Beckham Jr. that was ruled an interception ...

“We’re going to turn it into the league and really see what they have to say about it. I think it’s one of those calls that it depends on where you start. I think it’s a tough one to overturn either way. If it’s incomplete, I think it stays incomplete. If it’s a completion, I think it stays a completion. The way they ruled it as an interception, once you go look at it, I think it stays an interception. It’s a hard one to overturn. Regardless. I thought we caught the ball and went to the ground. They came away with the ball. The starting point is probably going to be the ending point there.”

On whether Eli Apple needs to earn back playing time after a rough game ...

“We’re going to dust Eli off, put him back out there. He’s going to get better and learn from it.”