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Olivier Vernon, Eli Apple out for Giants Sunday vs. Houston Texans

Giants will be down two defensive starters

New York Giants v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The New York Giants will be without two key defensive players Sunday against the Houston Texans. Linebacker Olivier Vernon (ankle) and cornerback Eli Apple (groin) have been ruled out.

Vernon has yet to play this season after suffering his ankle injury during practice midway through the preseason. Apple was injured vs. the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

“We’ve got guys that we trust and we’re going to put them in there and we trust that they’re going to go out there and play well,” coach Pay Shurmur said.

Connor Barwin and Lorenzo Carter will continue to take most of the snaps in Vernon’s place. B.W. Webb is likely to move outside to replace Apple with Donte Deayon playing in the slot where Webb usually resides.

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