For the second straight week optimism has turned to disappointment as the New York Giants on Friday ruled linebacker Olivier Vernon out for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Vernon [high ankle sprain] practiced on Wednesday and Thursday of last week before not practicing on Friday and being ruled out vs. the New Orleans Saints.
The same scenario unfolded this week as he practiced for two days before not practicing Friday.
Here is what Vernon had said Thursday about what he needed to do in order to play Sunday:
“Prove to myself is the number one priority, but then also showing them [coaches] that I’m capable of making certain plays that you don’t want to be a liability out there,” Vernon said. “It’s just basically showing the coaches you’re capable of making the cuts when you have to or inside stunts and stuff like that.”
Apparently, that did not happen.
Vernon, who suffered the ankle sprain in practice during the preseason, has yet to play in a game this year.
Tight end Evan Engram [MCL sprain} has also been ruled out, as expected.