New York Giants inside linebackers Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis are reportedly both out for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley exited prior to halftime. The second-year pro was then diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and would be out for four-to-eight weeks. Therefore, no Barkley for this Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
However now, the Giants will be without numerous others heading into their Week 4 matchup. Per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, inside linebackers Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis will be out as well.
RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), LB Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and LB Tae Davis (concussion) are all out for the Giants for Sunday.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 27, 2019
Ogletree left the game in Tampa Bay last Sunday with a hamstring injury. Davis, on the other hand, is in the concussion protocol.
Rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly, who has two starts under his belt, will have to run the group of inside linebackers. Possible replacements for Ogletree could be David Mayo or Nate Stupar. The Giants just re-signed the latter this week after releasing him on Sept. 6.
Connelly has impressed thus far, having racked up 15 combined tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one interception and one pass defended.
It’s unclear if Ogletree and Davis will miss any time after this upcoming game. Davis lost his starting job to Connelly after a disappointing performance in Dallas in Week 1.
The Giants defense needs to step up as a group this week. They’ve allowed 35, 28, and 32 points in their first three games, respectively, an average of 31.67 points allowed-per-game. There’s no reason they should allow that many to a Case Keenum-led Washington team this Sunday.