The Giants entered the season with plenty of worries about their situation at right tackle. Now they'll head into their game on Sunday against the Redskins worrying even more.
Marshall Newhouse, the starter at right tackle, was officially declared "out" of the Redskins game. He will likely be replaced by second-year pro Bobby Hart, though the newly re-signed Will Beatty is also a possibility. On Thursday, when it looked like Newhouse was unlikely to play, Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said "We're waiting to see how it plays out."
"We have two guys that are competing," Sullivan said. "We'll see how it's all going to unfold."
Considering Beatty hasn't played since 2014 and hasn't been active since re-signing with the Giants just prior to the season opener, it will surely be the 6-4, 334-pound Hart. He struggled over the summer, though he seemed to hold his own when he had to step in for Newhouse late in the game last Sunday against the Saints.
"I thought, given the situation, it was game on the line and we had to throw the ball, he was competitive in those snaps and matched up against a heck of a player (in Cameron Jordan)," Sullivan said. "He competed well and was able to get some chip help on one of the plays from the backs. Those guys did a tremendous job. He didn't seem overwhelmed or flustered. He competed and was able to do enough to help us be successful."
The Giants also declared DT Robert Thomas (illness) and S Darian Thompson (foot) out on Sunday. Thompson will be replaced in the starting lineup by Nat Berhe. At the moment, Berhe and Landon Collins are the only two safeties on the Giants' roster. It's possible they'll add one on Saturday -- perhaps rookie Andrew Adams, who is on their practice squad.
RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was not initially listed on the injury report Friday, but was later listed as "questionable."
DE Olivier Vernon (wrist) was on the Giants' injury report on Thursday, but not listed on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday afternoon.