The New York Giants had no trouble figuring out their Week 12 inactive roster. But that’s not necessarily a good thing as the inactive list consists of injured players who didn’t make the trip to Dallas.
Here’s the Giants’ inactive roster and what the team expects to do to replace their respective presences in the lineup.
TE Daniel Bellinger (eye): Bellinger has been out of action since being stumped in the eye during a Week 7 win over Jacksonville, an injury that resulted in a fractured orbital bone and septum. He has made progress in his recovery and is waiting for the recent double vision he suffered to subside. The Giants added Lawrence Cager to their roster after using all three standard practice roster raises for him. Cager took the roster spot opened when the team put wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL) on the injured reserve list.
OG Joshua Ezeudu (Neck): Ezeudu has been dealing with a neck injury for two weeks. Last week he was dropped from the starting line-up in favor of Shane Lemieux, who had been activated from injured reserve last week. It’s unclear why Ezeudu didn’t feature against the Lions, but the rookie was reinstated in the line-up when Lemieux struggled. This apparently didn’t help Ezeudu’s neck as he was listed as a non-participant in training all week and did not make the trip with the team.
OG Shane Lemieux (toe): Lemieux’s return from injured reserve did not go as expected. Not only was he benched, but his turf toe aggravated, the same injury that put him on injured reserve earlier in the season. Lemieux was replaced by Ezeudu after half-time, but with the rookie also inactive this week and Ben Bredeson still on injured reserve (knee), Jack Anderson is expected to step in as left guard.
C Jon Feliciano (Neck): Feliciano has reportedly been thrashed for most of the season but has tried to work things out. Unfortunately for him, this particular injury is one he was unable to heal. Nick Gates, who looked solid on his return from a badly broken leg, took over from Feliciano last week when he was unable to continue. Gates will start in center, the position he previously held before suffering his gruesome-looking leg injury earlier in the 2021 season.
CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee): Jackson was injured on a punt return – make that an unwise punt return. Head coach Brian Daboll defended the decision to put Jackson in the role, saying it was for the team’s best. However, given the lack of position depth, it turned out to be an unnecessary risk, which was further exposed by the injury to Fabian Moreau (more on that in the next section). With Jackson sidelined for at least four weeks, the Giants will likely add Nick Mccloud to the lineup.
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CB Fabian Moreau (oblique): It’s bad enough that the Giants will be without Jackson for a while, but to add insult to injury, they’ll also be without Moreau, at least for this week after he suffered an oblique injury. Moreau had played well for the Giants as their other starter after Aaron Robinson was out for the year with a knee injury. With Moreau on the shelf for this week, rookie Cor’Dale Float will likely step in as a starter, with Rodarius Williams rotating.
OT Evan Neal (knee/illness): There was a glimmer of hope that the Giants’ first-round draft pick might be ready this week, but with the short work week and lack of full practice — the Giants ran two walk-throughs — Neal returned to the lineup and is expected to face at home next week the commanders are coming.
Another lineup change expected for the Giants game in Dallas is this rookie Dane Belton is replaced in the starting line-up by Jason Pinock, who was listed as questionable in this week’s report after suffering a jaw injury in last week’s loss to the Lions. Belton (collarbone) has also been on the injury report for two weeks.
The Giants signed Trenton Thompson from their practice team on Wednesday and lifted Terrell Burgess from the practice team to provide additional reinforcements in the defensive backfield.
recipient Richie James (Knee) is expected to play this week. James is likely to take over punt returner duties, which he initially lost to Jackson after losing two fumbles to the Seahawks in Week 8.
The Cowboys’ inactive players are cornerback Kelvin Joseph, quarterback Will Grier, safety Markquese Bell, outside linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive end Tarell Basham, nose tackle Johnathan Hankins, and defensive end tackler McKinley.