JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- By the end of Sunday's loss to the Jaguars, the New York Giants were down to their fourth-string right tackle. This is not an ideal situation.
Starting right tackle Justin Pugh was inactive for the second week in a row with a quad injury, so Geoff Schwartz subbed for him as the starting right tackle. But Schwartz sprained his ankle in the first quarter and had to leave the game. He was replaced by longtime Giants backup lineman James Brewer, who suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter and had to come out of the game as well.
"It sucks," said Schwartz, who missed the first 10 games of the season with a toe injury. "I've never been injured in a game before, and now twice in one season?"
Schwartz left the stadium on crutches and in a walking boot and obviously he doesn't look like a good bet to play next week in Tennessee. Brewer's status will depend on his progression in the league's concussion protocol this week. Pugh made the trip, which indicates there was at least some hope that he could have played this week and might mean that he can recover in time for next week. But obviously, the Giants have major depth issues on the line and could end up signing someone this week to fill in.
Schwartz and Brewer were just two of the six Giants who left Sunday's game and did not return. The others:
Defensive end Robert Ayers, who suffered a pectoral injury. Coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't have any information on Ayers after the game, but he also said that if it's a tear, that ends Ayers' season.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who has been in and out of games all year with back and leg injuries and suffered a shoulder injury early in this game. Rodgers-Cromartie was not able to take the field for the Jaguars' game-winning field goal drive.
Running back Rashad Jennings, who injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter and could not return. Jennings said he was unable to push off on that foot following the injury, but he's not worried about missing any more time.
Linebacker Terrell Manning, whom you might not have realized was on the active roster, also left with an ankle injury.