Giants C Jon Halapio suffered fractures to his lower leg and ankle during last night's game against the Cowboys, the team announced Monday. Though it hasn't been officially announced, the expectation is Halapio will be out for the rest of the season.
Halapio got crushed underneath the line during a run play, and was in clear pain on the turf. John Greco had to come in for him after he was carted off the field in an aircast.
The 27-year-old lineman won the starting job out of training camp, and the Giants had enough confidence to trade Brett Jones to the Vikings, where he now starts.
The Giants' offensive line is so bad and so thin, the loss of any player is significant. But center is such a key position, this might be a really big blow.
Also, Halapio was actually playing reasonably well. He was considered to be one of the bright spots on the line that had been mostly terrible. He wasn't great, but he played well enough this summer to open the eyes of the new coaching staff and beat out the incumbent center Jones.
Of course, that led the Giants to trade Jones to Minnesota compounding this problem. The Giants now are left with Greco, the recently claimed Spencer Pulley (who is at least a former starting center with the Chargers) and undrafted rookie Evan Brown. The options aren't great, and the switch won't help the line's continuity.
But that's where the Giants are with their line these days. It's bad. And this will make it worse.