Jon Halapio
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New York Giants center Jon Halapio is excited to be back in the lineup after missing nearly all of last season with multiple leg injuries.

Jon Halapio entered last season as the starting center for the New York Giants. However, his 2018 campaign quickly ended when he went down in a Week 2 loss against the Dallas Cowboys. Halapio suffered a broken right ankle and lower leg. Veteran Spencer Pulley then started much of the rest of the season at the center position.

The Giants re-signed Halapio this offseason, along with re-signing Pulley as well. Ultimately, Halapio won back the starting job and is more than thankful for the opportunity he was given.

“I’m just tremendously grateful [general manager Dave] Gettleman and [coach Pat] Shurmur and [offensive line coach Hal] Hunter, they believe in me, sticking me right back in there,” Halapio said, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Halapio will join a starting front five that includes left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Will Hernandez, right guard Kevin Zeitler, and right tackle Mike Remmers. It’s an offensive line that’s looking to improve from a 2018 season in which they allowed 47 sacks.

Needless to say, it’s amazing to see Halapio back in this group when you consider the position he was in less than a year ago.

“It was like towards the end of the season, early January, I started to feel my legs coming back, my muscles, everything was firing again, the strength was coming back,” Halapio said.

“The main thing at that point was trying to get the size to match up to my left leg. It’s been a long process, but the Giants’ training staff did a phenomenal job of getting me back right.”

Halapio’s first regular-season game back will be against the same team he suffered the injuries against last year. The Giants and the Cowboys kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.