New York Giants left guard Shane Lemieux has a partially torn patellar tendon, according Dan Duggan of The Athletic.
Giants left guard Shane Lemieux has a partially torn patellar tendon, per sources. Lemieux has missed two stretches of practices during camp. He participated in today’s walk-through and the plan is for him to try to play through the injury without surgery.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 31, 2021
This is an injury that is worth keeping an eye on as the Giants’ offensive line was already looking thin. Lemieux played in 12 games with nine starts in his rookie campaign last season.
The injury may also provide insight into the two trades the Giants have made in the past two days to upgrade their guard depth.
Earlier today, New York traded for Baltimore Ravens guard Ben Bredeson. The Ravens originally selected Bredeson out of Michigan in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was a four-year starter for the Wolverines at the left guard position. He did not start any of the 10 games in which he played as a rookie in Baltimore.
On Monday, the Giants made another trade for an interior offensive lineman when they swapped defensive tackle B.J. Hill to the Cincinnati Bengals for Billy Price. Price has spent his last three seasons with the Bengals. In 2020, he played in all 16 games with one start.
The Giants were poised to enter the regular season with questions on the offensive line. But acquisition of two young interior linemen with potential may provide some answers into how the Giants are planning to re-work the offensive line as a whole.
For more on the Giants initial 53-man roster, please see our own Ed Valentine below: