Things continue to go from bad to worse along the New York Giants‘ offensive line.
In a Friday conference call, Tom Coughlin reportedly said that Geoff Schwartz won’t be back for about 3-4 weeks and Coughlin hasn’t ruled out placing Schwartz on the short-term injured reserve.
Schwartz dislocated his toe about two weeks ago in New York’s fourth preseason game against the Jets.
If the Giants do decide to place Schwartz on the short-term IR, he would not be available for the first eight weeks of the season. This is the same course of action New York took with running back Andre Brown last year after Brown fractured his leg in the preseason.
A year after the offensive line was the main source of the offense’s struggles, the Giants thought they were in decent shape after free agency and the NFL Draft. Then the dominoes started falling.
Long-time Giants great Chris Snee decided to hang up his cleats after 10 years, announcing his retirement in July. Then Brandon Mosley, Snee’s possible replacement, went down with an apparent back injury.
New York was forced to throw rookie Weston Richburg into the mix and now John Jerry has joined the starting lineup in the absence of Schwartz. Richburg has shifted over to the left guard spot and Jerry in the right guard spot.
Considering last season’s lingering problems along the offensive line, shifting players prior to the season was probably the last thing New York wanted to deal with.
The Giants are lucky Schwartz’s injury is not season-ending but his immediate absence puts them in a tough spot. New York will now need some of their reserve players to step in and eat up some serious playing time.