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Giants-Cowboys injury news: Andrew Thomas will play

Left tackle tested foot prior to game

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Left tackle Andrew Thomas will play for the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas tested his injured foot prior to the game, and will be active for the 4:25 p.m. ET start.

Here are the Giants inactives:

WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring)
WR Darius Slayton (hamstring)
S Jabrill Peppers (hamstring)
OL Ben Bredeson (hand)
CB Josh JacksonCB Sam Beal


FRIDAY

New York Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas, hobbled all week by a foot injury, has officially been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas has not allowed a sack in four games, and Pro Football Focus has him graded as one of the league’s best offensive tackles thus far.

Of Thomas’s injury, Giants head coach Joe Judge said on Friday that “I think everyone at this point in the season is dealing with some kind of nick or bump.”

Four Giants will not play: Safety Jabrill Peppers and wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have hamstring injuries, and guard Ben Bredeson has a hand injury. Shepard and Slayton will be missing their second consecutive games.

If Thomas can’t play, Nate Solder would likely move to left tackle and Matt Peart would start on the right side. Julian Love will likely see increased snaps in place of Peppers. Without Slayton and Shepard, Kadarius Toney and John Ross took on key roles for the Giants against the New Orleans Saints.

Thomas said Friday that the injury is to the same leg where he had ankle surgery, but that the issues are unrelated. Thomas made it sound as if his availability for Sunday might be a game-time decision.

“Right now, I’m just focusing on everyday doing what the trainers ask me,” Thomas said. “We’ll see how it feels on Sunday, but right now just trying to treat it.”

Friday injury report

Giants

Out

WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring)
WR Darius Slayton (hamstring)
S Jabrill Peppers (hamstring)
OL Ben Bredeson (hand)

Questionable

OT Andrew Thomas (foot)

Cowboys

Out

DE Dorance Armstrong (ankle)
S Donovan Wilson (groin)

Questionable

WR Amari Cooper (hamstring)
RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee)
DE Randy Gregory (knee)
OL Ty Nsekhe (illness)
DT Carlos Watkins (knee)


THURSDAY

Andrew Thomas (foot) and Leonard Williams (knee) returned to practice for the New York Giants on Thursday. Thomas, though, was obviously moving with a limp as he entered the Quest Diagnostics Training Center practice field.

Thomas was listed as limited on the Thursday injury report. If Thomas can’t play vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Matt Peart would likely start at right tackle with Nate Solder moving to the left side.

Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who each have hamstring injuries, caught passes off the JUGGS machine and worked with trainers on a back field.

Thursday injury report

Giants

Did not practice

S Jabrill Peppers (hamstring)
WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring)
WR Darius Slayton (hamstring)

Limited participation

OL Ben Bredeson (hand)
DB Nate Ebner (quad)
TE Kaden Smith (knee)
OT Andrew Thomas (foot)
DL Leonard Williams (knee)


WEDNESDAY

Left tackle Andrew Thomas (foot), defensive end Leonard Williams (knee) and safety Jabrill Peppers (hamstring) were among six New York Giants who did not practice on Wednesday.

The others were wide receiver Sterling Shepard (hamstring), wide receiver Darius Slayton (hamstring) and tight end Kaden Smith (knee).

Peppers injured his hamstring against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Slayton and Shepard were both out of that game with their injuries. Thomas and Williams, though, are new additions to the Giants’ injury list.

Thomas, the starting left tackle, has yet to allow a sack this season. The extent of his injury is unknown. If Thomas were unavailable, Matt Peart would likely slide into the lineup Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Williams has one sack and is the most accomplished pass rusher on a team that is just 31st in the league in pass rush win rate, per ESPN.

Wednesday injury report

Giants

Did not practice

DB Jabrill Peppers (hamstring)
WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring)
WR Darius Slayton (hamstring)
TE Kaden Smith (knee)
T Andrew Thomas (foot)
DL Leonard Williams (knee)

Limited participation

RB Saquon Barkley (knee)
OL Ben Bredeson (hand)
DB Nate Ebner (quad)
Wr Kenny Golladay (groin)

Full participation

WR C.J. Board (clavicle)

Cowboys

Did not practice

DE Dorance Armstrong (ankle)
WR Amari Cooper (hamstring)
RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee)
Donovan Wilson (groing)

Limited participation

DE Randy Gregory (knee)
T Ty Nsekhe (illness)
DT Carlos Watkins (knee)

Full participation

CB Trevon Diggs (back)