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Jon Halapio tryout: Former Giants center works out for Houston Texans

Giants haven’t made a move to bring Halapio back as of yet

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Former New York Giants center Jon Halapio had a tryout on Wednesday with the Houston Texans, the clearest indication yet that the Giants don’t intend to bring the 2019 starter back.

Halapio suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the closing moments of the Giants’ season finale.

A free agent at season’s end, Giants GM Dave Gettleman indicated throughout the offseason that the team was monitoring Halapio’s recovery, which the offensive lineman documented numerous times on his Twitter account.

To this point, though, the Giants have not turned to the 29-year-old, who earned the starting center role the past two seasons.

The Giants, at this point, seem satisfied with the work of Nick Gates, Spencer Pulley and undrafted free agent Tyler Haycraft. Fifth-round pick Shane Lemieux has also cross-trained at the position.

Gates and Pulley are competing for the starting job.

“I think both guys have been doing a tremendous job at center. Spencer’s (Pulley) really smart, he’s tough, he’s played the position for a while. Nick’s (Gates) also smart, tough, just learning the position,” offensive line coach Marc Colombo said this week. “They both are very physical football players and they’re battling for that starting job right now. I can’t be happier with the competition that’s going on. Love what I’ve seen from both of those guys. They both bring a lot of strong traits to the table.”

Injuries and other circumstances can, of course, change the situation. Right now, though, it looks as if Halapio and the Giants are going their separate ways.