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Evan Neal’ Exit with Ankle Injury: Blow to Giants as Offensive Line Recovers

According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily, Evan Neal left Sunday’s loss to the Raiders because of an ankle injury. Neal had an ankle ailment before Sunday’s game & was ruled out in the last minutes after injuring his ankle. According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Neal is scheduled for an MRI on his ankle on Monday. The Giants got their starting offensive tackles on the field for the very first time since the season opener on Sunday. In a 30-6 loss against the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium, left tackle Andrew Thomas as well as right tackle Evan Neal returned to their usual positions. It was a tumultuous return, as quarterback Daniel Jones suffered a knee injury and the Giants were routed.

It could be a quick comeback for Neal, who has missed the last two games due to a sprained right ankle. He was taken out of the game against the Raiders in the fourth quarter due to a left ankle injury. “It hurts, and I’m pretty sure it’s the same as what I had in the other one,” Neal admitted. I got long-armed, I had one foot in the ground, and I started falling backwards, and it was strange. I felt as if I hyperextended my arm. On offence, the Giants went three-and-out before lining up for a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1. Coach Brian Daboll stated that the idea was to entice the Raiders to jump offside, but there was also the possibility of running a play. Cade York, who had been signed off the Titans practice squad, was one of the Giants’ six inactive players.

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Evan Neal Is Out With An Ankle Injury Just When The Giants’ Offensive Line Is Getting Well

The Giants got their starting offensive tackles on the field for the very first time since the start of the season on Sunday. In a 30-6 loss against the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium, left tackle Andrew Thomas along with right tackle Evan Neal returned to their usual positions. It was a tumultuous return, as quarterback Daniel Jones suffered a knee injury and the Giants were routed. It could be a quick comeback for Neal, who was forced to miss the last two games due to a sprained right ankle. He was taken out of the game against the Raiders in the fourth quarter due to a left ankle injury. “This hurts, and I’m pretty sure it is the same as what I had in the other one,” he admitted. I got long-armed, and I had one foot on the ground, and I fell backwards. It felt strange like I overextended it maybe. Thomas hurt a hamstring in Week 1’s humiliating 40-0 loss to the Cowboys. He thought he was ready to go for the Week 4 game against the Seahawks, but he re-injured himself in practice coming up to that game, resulting in he was going to be out for two months.

“Thomas explained that he holds himself to a higher standard than other people. There are a few plays I would like to see again. I felt good; I just didn’t perform to the level I should have. I’m absolutely out of breath. I need to regain my breath. But I just need to improve my game.” On offence, the Giants went three-and-out before lining up for a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1. Were they really going to take a chance on their own 29-yard line? Coach Brian Daboll stated that the idea was to entice the Raiders to jump offside, but there was also the possibility of running a play. However, Evan Neal was penalized for a false start. As Neal approached the sideline, Daboll yelled, his eyes wide. The query posed to Neal was, “What the f-k?” As Saquon Barkley rushed for 69 yards in the first half, the run blocking was solid with Justin Pugh sliding inside to left guard, Ben Bredeson at right guard, and Josh Michael Schmitz at center. The Giants wanted to see this five-man unit on the field.