New York Giants right tackle Tyre Phillips has a torn right quad tendon and will have surgery, head coach Brian Daboll confirmed on Monday morning.
Phillips collapsed to the MetLife Stadium turf early in the fourth quarter on Sunday while trying to pass block in the game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was carted off the field and was seen on crutches in the locker room after the game with a lengthy brace covering his right leg.
Phillips was cut by the Giants at the end of the preseason, then was signed off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad when injuries devastated the Giants’ offensive line.
He ended up playing in 10 games at right tackle, with nine starts. Phillips played a career-high 553 offensive snaps.
Phillips’ injury adds another layer of uncertainty to the Giants’ 2024 offensive line. Phillips’ availability next season is now in question. From Orthopedic One:
Healing takes an average of 4 months, with complete recovery ranging from 6 to 12 months. Most surgeons consider complete recovery as having 85 to 90 percent strength in the injured leg compared to the non-injured leg.
Phillips will join offensive linemen Josh Ezeudu, Shane Lemieux and Evan Neal on injured reserve. It sounds like the Giants may have to plan for 2024 as though Phillips might not be available.
Matt Peart replaced Phillips at right tackle, and will likely start the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants have tackles Joshua Miles and Yodny Cajuste, and guard Jalen Mayfield on their practice squad. One of them figures to take Phillips’ roster spot for Sunday’s game.