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Richburg benched, Schwartz debuts at right tackle in Giants' OL shakeup

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz will finally make his long-awaited New York Giants debut Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, though not at the position for which he was signed in the offseason. Schwartz will start at right tackle Sunday night in place of injured Justin Pugh, who is out with a quadriceps injury.

Also of note, the Giants have benched rookie Weston Richburg, who started the team's first 10 games of the season at left guard, and will start veteran Adam Snyder in his place.

That could mean Schwartz goes back to left guard, the position the Giants signed him to play, when Pugh is healthy enough to return to his position. But for now, the Giants' struggling line will go with two new pieces for this game around starting left tackle Will Beatty, center J.D. Walton and right guard John Jerry.

Schwartz played left guard throughout training camp and the preseason, but a toe injury just before the start of the regular season landed him on short-term injured reserve. He was activated from that list this past week and worked at tackle and guard in practice, but he and the Giants were secretive about which position he'd play until they revealed their starting lineup shortly before the start of Sunday night's game.

As was the case last week, Mark Herzlich starts at weakside linebacker for Jacquian Williams, who's missing his second game in a row with a concussion. Mike Patterson starts at defensive tackle for Cullen Jenkins, who remains out with a calf injury.

The full list of Giants' inactives for this game:

CB Mike Harris

LB Jacquian Williams

C Dallas Reynolds

OT Justin Pugh

DE Kerry Wynn

OG Brandon Mosley

DT Cullen Jenkins