Giants guard Justin Pugh could miss 3-4 weeks with sprained knee

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said in his weekly Monday conference call that starting left guard Justin Pugh is “gonna miss some time” with the sprained knee he sustained in Sunday’s 28-23 home win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

McAdoo said “I don’t know how long” Pugh will be out, but Brett Jones, Sunday’s replacement, presumably will continue playing in his place until Pugh is healthy. Jones played well in Pugh’s stead from the second quarter on against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium. The NFL Network reported that an MCL sprain could keep Pugh out for 3-4 weeks.

Victor Cruz, meanwhile, is undergoing an MRI on Monday that McAdoo said will shed more light on the status of the receiver’s sprained ankle from Sunday’s second quarter, as well.

McAdoo also said backup quarterback Ryan Nassib, who did not dress Sunday due to an injury to his right throwing elbow, will continued to be limited this week in the lead-up to a Monday night showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium.

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Josh Johnson, therefore, could be Eli Manning’s backup for a second straight game, though it’s always unlikely Manning’s backup will play — he has started 191 consecutive games, a league-high for active players.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo says guard Justin Pugh is ‘gonna miss some time’ with a sprained knee.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo says guard Justin Pugh is ‘gonna miss some time’ with a sprained knee.

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On why McAdoo scratched a healthy Leon Hall: “It’s just the way it shook out. We wanted to get three true safeties up, it came down to special teams. When you have healthy bodies you have to make some tough decisions. We’re confident in Leon and what he brings to the table.”

On whether McAdoo and his staff alone made the decision to play more players, or if Jerry Reese impacted it to plan for the future: “That’s how I grew up in this business, get everybody in on game day that’s up and be successful. It’s a way to get young players acclimated to the varsity team and get them going so when it’s December and January it’s not too big for them.”

McAdoo said of benched rookie corner Eli Apple “we’re gonna dust Eli off and put him back out there and learn from it,” indicating he Apple could regain his starting spot for Week 10 despite his struggles on Sunday.

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Running back Shane Vereen (IR) is eligible to begin practicing this week and to be the Giants’ designated player to return from injured reserve if he is healthy enough, but McAdoo said the team hasn’t gotten that far in making those determinations.

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