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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: One year from now, the "franchise tag" could be a source of great drama for the Giants if Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't have his mega-deal by then. If he doesn't, the Giants will surely tag him. And he surely won't be happy about it. He might not even sign it.

But that's a problem for 2019. Right now, the 15-day "franchise tag" period - which officially opened in the NFL on Tuesday - figures to be completely drama-free. The Giants seem to have only one player worthy of the "franchise tag" - guard Justin Pugh. And they aren't expected to use it, even on him.

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

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One good thing about the Giants' miserable season and their recent run of (mostly) futility: They don't have a lot of free agents on their roster that they absolutely must sign.

They do have 25 players approaching free agency, though, and a little more than a month to make some decisions. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Mark Herzlich, Nat Berhe, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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With the NFL season officially over, all attention turns to the top-rated prospects coming out of college to pursue their professional dreams. 

For the Giants, their No. 2 overall pick is their top priority at the moment as they figure out what to do with the selection. Other than that top pick, though, there seems to be a consensus on what position the Giants should be addressing in this year's draft: the offensive line. 

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Scott Thompson
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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Dave Gettleman made it clear that one of his top priorities in rebuilding the Giants is to fix the broken offensive line. He told that to the coaches he interviewed too.

And "as soon as he said, 'Everything starts with the offensive line,'" that's the moment Pat Shurmur said he was sold.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks over his offensive line during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks over his offensive line during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dave Gettleman finally ended the charade and stated the obvious: The Giants offensive line is a mess.

"We've got to fix the o-line, let's be honest," the new Giants GM said on Friday. "Let's not kid each other. I told you at the top, big men allow you to compete and that's what we've got to fix."

As obvious as that sounds, it marks a watershed moment for a franchise that has seemingly been in denial about its offensive line problem for years. At every turn, both former GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo resisted criticizing the line they created. Reese even often defended the poorly performing players he drafted...

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Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Dave Gettleman will begin his first full day as the Giants general manager on Friday, and he won't need anyone to show him around the office. He also won't need an update on the Giants' many problems.

He already knows.

The big question, though, is this: How is he going to fix this mess? How is he going to restore the Giants to what they were when he left in 2012.

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants OL Justin Pugh has been placed on IR and will miss the remainder of the season, but does not need surgery on his injured back.

Instead, Pugh has been prescribed rest and rehab.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Justin Pugh hasn't just played his last game for the Giants this season. He might have played his last game for them in his career...

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Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

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Landon Collins' season isn't over yet. But the end may be coming soon.

The Giants are still considering whether to shut down their star safety for the final three games after he re-injured his ankle on Sunday afternoon, according to interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Collins has been playing through a high ankle sprain since Week 5, and it he aggravated it on Sunday in the Giants' loss to the Cowboys.

Spagnuolo had already indicated on Monday that they might put the 23-year-old on injured reserve "to protect Landon from himself."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.

It didn't.

What did everyone expect?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Dallas Cowboys, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geno Smith, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and DE Jason Pierre-Paul are active for the team's matchup with the Cowboys on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, San Francisco Giants, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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(Geoff Burke)

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Jason Pierre-Paul suffered another injury to his already mangled right hand, but he insisted he will be ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

He made that declaration on Friday after practicing for the first time this week. He did not give any details about how he suffered the injury, or if was football-related. But he had the middle finger of his right hand tightly wrapped, and mostly kept it in his pocket during his interview.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday, but was limited. 

The wideout has been battling a hamstring ailment that kept him out in the beginning of the week. 

Also, limited were RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison (elbow), and T Chad Wheeler (concussion). 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. worked out in the weight room during practice without a walking boot on his right ankle on Wednesday, according too SNY's Ralph Vacchiano..

Beckham, who had surgery to repair his fractured right ankle in October, had 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdonws this season.

In other injury news... 

Giants CB Eli Apple (hip), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist), RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB BJ Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (elbow), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger), OL Justin Pugh (back), WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring), and RT Chad Wheeler (concussion) are all on the injury report.

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(William Hauser)

QB Davis Webb is inactive for the Giants on Sunday, making Eli Manning the only backup for starting QB Geno Smith.  

Earlier in the week, McAdoo said he was not willing to answer whether he would have three quarterbacks available.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have not begun any discussions with upcoming free agents like OL Justin Pugh, OL Weston Richburg, and LB Devon Kennard, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing sources.

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants ruled linebacker Jonathan Casillas out for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders due to neck and wrist injuries.

New York also listed offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) as doubtful and defensive tackle Damon Harrison (elbow) and cornerback Eli Apple (hip) as questionable.

The Giants removed linebacker B.J. Goodson, who was limited at practice the past two days due to an ankle injury, and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who missed the past two games due to migraines, from the injury report.

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Aug 12, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman (62) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman (62) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Giants OL Justin Pugh (back) returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis. He has missed three of the last four games.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist) and DT Damon Harrison (elbow), missed practice for a second-straight day.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) was limited for a second-straight day.

WR Sterling Shepard, who has missed the last two games due to migraines, practiced in full after returning to practice on Wednesday.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Sterling Shepard
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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist), DT Damon Harrison (elbow), and OL Justin Pugh (back) all missed practice on Wednesday.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) was limited.

WR Sterling Shepard, who has missed the last two games due to migraines, returned to practice.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates his touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys with offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) and teammates during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates his touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys with offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) and teammates during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

With the Giants playing on Thanksgiving against the Redskins, the players and coaching staff will miss their family meals. But Justin Pugh already has a plan to make up for it, as he's hosting his fellow offensive lineman and their significant others for a Thanksgiving feast on Friday. 

Pugh, who won't play against the Redskins due to a back injury, boasts of having more than 65 pounds of turkey...

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants will be without G D.J. Fluker (toe), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), and OL Justin Pugh (back) on Thursday night against the Redskins.

LB Calvin Munson (quad) is listed as doubtful.

WR Sterling Shepard (ilnness) is questionable. He missed practice on Wednesday after sitting out on Tuesday due to "not feeling well," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard sat out of practice again on Tuesday as he was "not feeling well," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Shepard was sidelined against the Chiefs on Sunday with migraines, and it appears that he still has them. Trainers will continue "looking at all possibilities" as to why the sophomore receiver is getting them. 

The good news at practice was DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and DE Olivier Vernon were both at practice, but were limited in what they could do. They were previously out on Monday after both suffering injuries in the win on Sunday. Vernon was said to have a shoulder injury on Sunday, but he was listed with an ankle issue which has bothered him the past few weeks. Harrison is nursing an ankle injury. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe Giants have a very short week, but their injury list remains very long.

Five starters, and one of the replacements for the injured starters, were on the list of Giants who did not practice on Monday as the Giants began their abbreviated preparation for their Thanksgiving night game against the Redskins (4-6) in Washington. That includes two starting offensive linemen who may not play, meaning the Giants could have to reshuffle a line that is already in a constant state of flux.

Justin Pugh was already expected to miss the next few weeks, according to multiple team sources. And now, according to NJ.com, G D.J. Fluker is expected to miss the game on Thursday night, too. That probably means G Jon Halapio would be in line for his first career start, though the Giants also could turn to veteran G John Greco whom they just signed last week.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe Giants have a very short week, but their injury list remains very long.

Five starters, and one of the replacements for the injured starters, were on the list of Giants who did not practice on Monday as the Giants began their abbreviated preparation for their Thanksgiving night game against the Redskins (4-6) in Washington. That includes two starting offensive linemen who may not play, meaning the Giants could have to reshuffle a line that is already in a constant state of flux.

Justin Pugh was already expected to miss the next few weeks, according to multiple team sources. And now, according to NJ.com, G D.J. Fluker is expected to miss the game on Thursday night, too. That probably means G Jon Halapio would be in line for his first career start, though the Giants also could turn to veteran G John Greco whom they just signed last week.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled offensive lineman Justin Pugh and linebacker B.J. Goodson out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to back and ankle injuries, respectively.

New York also listed defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) and linebacker Devon Kennard (quad) questionable, while linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is doubtful to play due to a groin injury.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants DT Damon Harrison (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were also limited participants.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), and LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed practice for a second-straight day.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were all limited participants.

Pugh will be out for the team's matchup against the Chiefs this Sunday, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants G Justin Pugh will be out with a back injury for the team's matchup against the Chiefs, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport. 

Pugh sustained the injury against the 49ers on Sunday as he exited the game and didn't return. It looks to be a week-to-week injury, and could sideline the veteran guard for a few weeks. 

It will be a huge loss to the Giants as Pugh served as a versatile asset that could play anywhere on the line. He becomes the second starter next to C Weston Richburg to miss time this season. 

The Giants signed G John Greco on Monday to fill Pugh's void.  

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants return to practice after recovering from their West Coast trip. 

Kickers Andrew Franks and Jason Myers worked out for the team on Tuesday >> Read more

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 (Kyle Terada)
(Kyle Terada)

After losing to the previously winless 49ers on Sunday, the Giants need to take a good, long look in the mirror according to RT Justin Pugh

It was an embarrassing loss for the Giants as they gave the 49ers their first win of the season. It hasn't been good for the Giants all season long, and after this loss in particular, Pugh knows that performance from here on out will determine if a player has a job next season. 

"Everybody's gotta do their jobs better or we'll be looking for new jobs," Pugh told the Daily News' Pat Leonard. "I mean, you lost to an 0-9 team. We're 1-8, so I guess you could say we're on the same level. But we're different. They're rebuilding. We're a different team. We should have won today. So we need to take a hard look in the mirror and figure it out because in this business, games like this, seasons like this do not help your job security."

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants RT Justin Pugh is questionable to return against the 49ers with an apparent back injury, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Pugh had been dealing with back pain all week as he was limited with what he could do in practice. The 27-year-old has only missed one game this season. Bobby Hart took over for Pugh at right tackle.

Newly signed LB Kelvin Sheppard is also questionable to return with a groin injury.

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New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LBs B.J. Goodson (ankle), Devon Kennard (quad), and Keenan Robinson (quad) are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

All three players missed practice on Thursday and Friday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is doubtful, while  LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are questionable.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon
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Ralph Vacchiano discusses the turmoil in the locker room following anonymous quotes from several Giants players regarding Ben McAdoo.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants smell a "rat" or two in their locker room, and they seem determined to flush them out.

That was the general, on-the-record reaction to the two anonymous players who ripped head coach Ben McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in a published report on Wednesday. Several Giants players called their anonymous teammates "cowards".

And they absolutely want to find out who the leakers are.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Pierre-Paul missed practice on Thursday, but the team said it was not injury-related.

The defensive end was riding the stationary bike in the injury area at the start of practice on Thursday, before heading inside to work with trainers in the team's field house. It appeared that the trainers were working on his left shoulder -- which would make sense since he had a shoulder injury earlier in the season.

JPP had company on the sidelines, too. Three linebackers were also sitting out practice -- Keenan Robinson (quad), B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Devon Kennard (quad).

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)

The Giants may be 1-7 on the season, but that hasn't stopped head coach Ben McAdoo from trying to rally his players to finish out the remaining eight games strong. 

It hasn't been a good week so far for the Giants as it started with a 51-17 blowout to the Rams on Sunday, and now, two players have come forward saying "McAdoo has lost this team." But that hasn't fazed the second-year coach from attempting to reel his team in.

McAdoo addressed his team and media with a long message beginning with a saying he has used since joining the Giants: "Sound, smart and tough. Committed to discipline and poise." He said he hasn't felt the team living by the mantra at all this season, and he wants to get back to it. 

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

LB Keenan Robinson and LB Devon Kennard -- both suffering from quad injuries -- joined LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) on the stationary bike along the sidelines during the Giants' practice on Wednesday. Goodson has not played since leaving early during New York's loss to Seattle on Oct. 23 while Robinson left Sunday's game against the Rams.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad) CB Donte Deayon (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle), LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are listed on the injury report, but were limited participants in practice. 

Vernon has not played since Week 4 and Casillas has not suited up since Week 5. Pugh missed his first game of the season during Sunday's 51-17 loss to the Rams.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon
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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If the NFL season ended today, the Giants would be picking third in the 2018 NFL draft -- their highest pick since they took linebacker Carl Banks third way back in 1984.

But if they somehow find a way to lose to the 0-9 49ers in San Francisco this Sunday, their first shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 52 years would be in play.

What would the Giants do with that unexpected gold? Would they grab their next franchise quarterback? Take the best tackle or running back instead? Or trade down with a quarterback-starved franchise for a boat-load of high picks over the next few years?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Dalvin Tomlinson, Davis Webb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...

WHAT IT MEANS

There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, St. Louis Rams, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the Rams at MetLife Stadium. 

CB Janoris Jenkins (suspension) is also out.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is questionable.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Shepard 00:01:35
Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard shares how great he feels coming off a bye week and how the team plans to keep the past in the past.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) practiced in full on Thursday and appears likely to play on Sunday against the Rams at MetLife Stadium.

Shepard has missed the last two games after injuring his ankle on Oct. 8 against the Chargers.

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon(ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn all missed practice for a second straight day. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), DE Kerry Wynn, and S Nat Berhe (calf) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

Goodson, Richburg, Pugh, and Vernon had all done work on the side during practice on Monday.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), and WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) are all on the injury report, but were participating in practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Ralph Vacchiano reports the latest from Giants practice, where the team is coming off a bye week looking to rebound.

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Jerry Reese made it clear last week that he thought the Giants entered this season too full of themselves, lacking the "hunger" and the "fight" they had last season and they too easily "bought into the hype." Ben McAdoo agreed that was at least partially responsible for the 1-6 start to this season.

And if the Giants did think too highly of themselves at the start, that's clearly over now.

Tags: Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:02:18
Ralph Vacchiano reports the latest from Giants practice, where the team is coming off a bye week looking to rebound.

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Jerry Reese made it clear last week that he thought the Giants entered this season too full of themselves, lacking the "hunger" and the "fight" they had last season and they too easily "bought into the hype." Ben McAdoo agreed that was at least partially responsible for the 1-6 start to this season.

And if the Giants did think too highly of themselves at the start, that's clearly over now.

Tags: Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese (Frank Franklin I/AP)
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese (Frank Franklin I/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Jerry Reese's press conference on Tuesday was his first in 89 days. If form holds, it'll be 69 more days before he speaks again, if he gets the chance to speak after the season at all.

That leaves a lot to unpack from the 21 minutes he stood at the podium -- the only time he'll spend explaining the state of the franchise to his paying customers in a more-than-five-month span. And the rarity of the moment leaves every word ripe for debate, every sentence open to interpretation, including his overall theme of "Blame me."

So here's a look back at some of Reese's greatest hits, with some analysis, a few unstated facts, and plenty of questions he left unanswered and things that went unsaid...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard is among seven players inactive for the Giants' Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

 

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: Standing at 1-6 entering the second half, it's safe to say the season is lost for the Giants. It was a major letdown based their preseason expectations -- possibly the biggest this franchise has faced in recent years. So, these next nine games don't seem like that big of a deal. Fans are pleading the Giants to tank to get a top five draft pick, and refocus to next season. 

But for the team, they still have a job to do. Paychecks are still being signed by the front office, and for some, it could be the last ones they see from the organization following the season.

Here are some Giants that need to perform in the second half if they wish to remain on Big Blue next season:

Tags: D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Shane Vereen, Scott Thompson
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McAdoo gives up play-calling 00:05:17
Jon and Marc discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hand over play-calling duties to Mike Sullivan and what it means for the Giants going forward.

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It took Ben McAdoo far too long, but he finally made the sensible decision to hand over his play-calling sheet to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. And right out of the gate, Sullivan did a terrific job with a badly depleted offense missing one of the NFL's most dynamic players.

Honestly, squeezing even 16 points and 266 yards out of this flawed offense, minus Odell Beckham, Jr., against one of the NFL's best defenses was miraculous -- as miraculous as the Giants' unexpected, 23-10 win in Denver. It was enough to convince McAdoo that he should stick with this plan for the forseeable future. And he should...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Evan Engram, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.

And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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