EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Guard Adam Snyder (knee), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (concussion) all have been ruled out for the New York Giants for Sunday's game in Jacksonville. Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) and right tackle Justin Pugh (quad) are questionable.
The Pugh and Snyder situations are the most intriguing as they pertain to the in-flux Giants offensive line. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said rookie Weston Richburg, who started the first 10 games of the season at left guard before being benched last week for Snyder, would return to the starting left guard role. Coughlin also said that Richburg responded well to the benching.
"He didn't like it, and that's a good thing," Coughlin said. "It shows me he wants to do it. He's competitive as heck, and he didn't like it. So maybe we struck a chord there."
Richburg admitted that he drew some motivation from the benching, and said he returned to practice this week focused and determined to iron out some issues with his technique, specifically his footwork.
"I'm only in control of what I can control, and that's how I play," the Giants' second-round pick said. "I was able to take motivation from that and use it as fuel. I don't like standing there and not being to help."
Questions remain on the right side of the line, where Geoff Schwartz started at right tackle last week for the injured Pugh. If Pugh can play, it's likely Schwartz would move inside and replace John Jerry at right guard. If Pugh can't play, Schwartz likely draws another start at right tackle.