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Giants injury report, 9/14: Olivier Vernon OUT Sunday vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Linebacker will miss second straight game

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Olivier Vernon
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The New York Giants will once again be without the services of their best pass rusher on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Olivier Vernon will miss a second straight game due to an ankle injury suffered during a preseason practice.

Coach Pat Shurmur told media at practice on Friday that the Giants hope Vernon will be able to play next week when the Giants face the Houston Texans.

The Giants held the Jacksonville Jaguars to 13 offensive points without Vernon last week, but had only one sack and limited pressure on quarterback Blake Bortles with Vernon sidelined.

Defensive coordinator James Bettcher knows the Giants miss Vernon.

“When you’re talking about one of the elite pass rushers in the league, do you miss him? Sure, you’d love to have him. You go ask the 31 other (teams) if they want OV, all 31 will say yes,” Bettcher said on Thursday. “I do love the make-up of that room. I love Connor Barwin, Kareem Martin and Lorenzo Carter. All those guys got their hand on the pylon, you can see them. We’re lining them up in different spots, sometimes Connor’s inside, sometimes Kareem’s inside, and we’re moving them around and trying to get them on matchups.”

Week 16 Injury Report

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Odell Beckham Jr. WR Quad DNP
Alec Ogletree LB Concussion DNP
Michael Thomas S Personal DNP
Russell Shepard WR Ankle DNP
Spencer Pulley C Quad DNP
Kerry Wynn DL Thumb LP