On Thursday, the Giants placed guard Justin Pugh on season-ending injured reserve with a back injury. The good news for the fifth-year lineman is that he will not require surgery, Newsday’s Tom Rock reports.
Rock notes that Pugh, who is a free agent at the end of the season, could have played in his last game with the franchise that drafted him in 2013. With a new general manager and head coach in the future for the Giants, the new management could decide a new guard is also in the plans. Pugh is the longest-tenured member of the team without a Super Bowl ring.
Since entering the league, Pugh has started in all 63 of his games but hasn’t suited up for a full 16-game season since his rookie campaign. He appeared in eight games this season and graded out as the No. 52 guard in the league, per Pro Football Focus. Though he has endured a down season, Pugh placed in the top 20 among all guards in his previous two seasons.
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