Giants veteran DB Leon Hall a surprise healthy scratch vs. Eagles

Healthy Giants veteran defensive back Leon Hall was inactive for Sunday’s Giants game against the Eagles, and backup offensive lineman Will Beatty also was inactive, while right tackle Marshall Newhouse was active for the first time since a Week 2 injury.

Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib (right throwing elbow) also was inactive, making Josh Johnson the backup to Eli Manning for Sunday’s NFC East showdown at MetLife Stadium. Safety Nat Berhe was activated out of the concussion protocol but remained a backup to rookie Andrew Adams.

Hall’s healthy scratch comes as a surprise not only because he is a proven veteran but because he played 34 snaps in the Giants’ 17-10 win over the Rams in London, fourth-most among Big Blue corners in that game behind Janoris Jenkins (79), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (74) and Eli Apple (39).

Hall has been mainly playing the slot, though, with Apple often injured through the team’s first seven games. And with the rookie Apple back healthy, it allows defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to employ the Giants’ plan to start the season – Jenkins and Apple on the outside, and Rodgers-Cromartie in the slot.

That still leaves Trevin Wade and midseason acquisition Coty Sensabaugh dressing on Sunday ahead of Hall, though. Hall has had some difficult stretches, primarily the start of the Green Bay game, when Aaron Rodgers was picking on him relentlessly to start. But the ninth-year vet being held of this game day roster is certainly noteworthy.

Meanwhile, the quarterback Johnson, a journeyman on his seventh team in nine seasons, dressed for the first time as a Giant. He hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2013 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He probably wouldn’t play on Sunday, either, given that Manning has started a league-high 190 consecutive games among active players. But Nassib’s injury put Johnson in uniform.

Newhouse is dressing but will be only a backup lineman to start. Offensive line coach Mike Solari said on Friday that right tackle Bobby Hart is the Giants’ fifth-best offensive lineman including Newhouse, who had started the season at right tackle. So Hart will start against the Eagles despite Newhouse dressing.

Here is the Giants’ full inactive list for Sunday: QB Ryan Nassib (right elbow), WR Tavarres King (healthy), Leon Hall (healthy), safety Darian Thompson (foot), linebacker Deonte Skinner (healthy), OL Will Beatty (healthy), DE Kerry Wynn (concussion).

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