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Syndication: The Record

The Giants have experienced a number of recent injuries to their offensive line, and we’re only two games into the new season.

Last week, prior to their Thursday Night Football loss to Washington, the Giants placed starting left guard Shane Lemieux on injured reserve. The second-year player has been dealing with a knee injury since training camp and must miss at least two more games.

Following that move, the Giants lost starting center Nick Gates for the season. Gates, who was filling in at left guard against Washington, exited the Week 2 matchup early with a lower leg fracture.

Things change quickly in the NFL, and the Giants are certainly realizing that when it comes to their offensive line and its various health-related issues.

What is the current status of Lemieux?

Well, on Monday, head coach Joe Judge told the media the team is “very hopeful” this isn’t a season-ending issue, but that’s not to say it won’t be.

There’s still the chance Lemieux could miss the remainder of the year, which would be an enormous blow to a Giants offensive line that’s already experienced its fair share of struggles.

The Giants will likely field Ben Bredeson at the left guard spot in Lemieux’s absence and the former Raven could see additional time there should Shane need to miss a significant number of weeks.

The issue, however, is that Bredeson was the team’s last reserve at guard. So how will New York address that problem?

On Monday, Judge also explained how the team will be giving second-year tackle Matthew Peart a look on the interior of the line. Peart is a reserve tackle behind starting left and right tackles Andrew Thomas and Nate Solder.

The Giants are also looking to the free-agent market, and per Zack Rosenblatt of, worked out a trio of offensive linemen Monday, two of whom are guards.

Amid Gate’s absence, the Giants likely plan to start Billy Price at center while Matt Skura is on the active roster as a reserve option.

Price struggled mightily against Washington though, recording just a 28.1 Pro Football Focus grade.

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