For the first time this season, it looks as though the New York Giants won’t have their offensive line intact when they take the field.
Jon Halapio has been held out of practice this week with a hamstring injury, and Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur said that he is “a ways away” from getting back on the field. With Halapio out, the Giants will turn to backup Spencer Pulley who started nine games for the Giants in Halapio’s absence in 2018.
The Giants could also be without starting right tackle Mike Remmers who missed practice as well, though in Remmers’ case, the issue is being reported as a back injury. Mentioning a potential back injury should make ears perk up with regards to the Giants’ right tackle. Remmers missed much of the Giants’ spring program as he recovered from back surgery.
With Remmers off the field, back-up tackle Nick Gates took first team reps in practice. The team will likely look to Gates to make the start this Sunday if Remmers has to sit out the game.
This isn’t ideal for an offense facing a Jets’ defense with the league’s 11th best pass rush win rate (per ESPN), is allowing the sixth fewest yards on the ground, and has the best run defense in the NFL (per Football Outsiders).