Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), center Weston Richburg (concussion), middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck) and offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) will not play. Also, Kerry Wynn, who would have replaced Vernon at defensive end, is out with a knee injury.
Cornerback Donte Deayon is questionable with an ankle injury.
Let’s examine what the Giants could look like at the affected positions.
The starting group figures to be left tackle Ereck Flowers, left guard John Jerry, center Brett Jones, right guard D.J. Fluker and right tackle Bobby Hart. In reserve the Giants have only Chad Wheeler (two NFL offensive snaps) and Jon Halapio, whose NFL experience consists of one special teams snap.
Without Goodson and Casillas, the Giants have Keenan Robinson, Calvin Munson, Curtis Grant, Devon Kennard and Nigel Harris. Grant began the year on the practice squad and Harris began the season with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Now we know exactly why the Giants added Devin Taylor to the roster and promoted Jordan Williams from the practice squad this week. Taylor and Williams join Jason Pierre-Paul and Avery Moss as the Giants’ only available defensive ends.
The Giants will hope Deayon is ready to play. If he isn’t, they will need to make a roster move. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple and Ross Cockrell are the only other corners on the roster.