Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!
The New York Giants entered Sunday’s game against the Jets down several starters on offense. Specifically, Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard all missed the week 10 loss.
The defeat 34-27 was disheartening for Big Blue, but they lost a lot more than just a nick in the win/loss column. Left tackle Nate Solder, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and Saquon Barkley all sustained further injuries and required evaluation.
Solder and Jenkins left the game with concussions (did not return), and Barkley received x-rays after the game on a suspected shoulder injury. Barkley’s previous ailment, a high ankle sprain, has still been a bother, despite him playing through it. His pass blocking and shiftiness at the line of scrimmage have been absent in recent weeks, which could justify the New York Giants shutting him down for the remainder of the season at 2-7 on the year.
Further risking damage or additional injury is not worth Barkley’s future at the position, especially if Big Blue is keen on competing in 2020.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said after the game at Barkley was “banged up,” but didn’t reference his trip to the x-ray machine. The star running back tallied just one yard on 13 rushing attempts. With Saquon struggling to get anything going, Shurmur might look to utilize Wayne Gallman more frequently, who’s readily available. However, Shurmur has also proven incompetent at times and has executed questionable decision making this season.
As for Jenkins and Solder, both will require the BYE week to return to the field. Hopefully, their symptoms aren’t too egregious and can begin practicing next week.
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