EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants lost another offensive lineman but made a pair of roster moves to address the manpower shortage on their injury-ravaged line.
Joshua Ezeudu, the Giants' starting left tackle in the previous five games, was placed on injured reserve with a toe injury he suffered Sunday night in Buffalo. The second-year pro was hurt in the first quarter of the Giants' loss, did not return to the game, and left the locker room in a walking boot.
Three Giants linemen were inactive on gameday due to injury: all-pro left tackle Andrew Thomas, who missed the last games with a hamstring injury suffered in the season opener vs. Dallas; rookie center John Michael Schmitz, who sat out his second game with a shoulder injury; and backup tackle Matt Peart, who hurt his shoulder on Oct. 8 in Miami.
The Giants bolstered their line by signing a pair of linemen off other teams' practice squads, versatile former Giant Tyre Phillips (Philadelphia) and tackle Josh Miles (Atlanta).
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Phillips, 6-5 and 344 pounds, was released from the Giants' practice squad on Sept. 1 and signed by Philadelphia three days later.
He was with the Giants for the entire 2022 season after being acquired off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens. Phillips played in 12 regular-season games with five starts, four at right tackle and one at left tackle. He made his Giants debut vs. the Ravens on Oct. 16. He started at right tackle in place of an injured Evan Neal at Seattle (10/30), vs. Houston (11/13), vs. Detroit (11/20) and at Dallas (11/24). Phillips started at left tackle when Thomas was inactive with numerous other starters in the season finale at Philadelphia on Jan. 8. He also appeared in both Giants' postseason games.
Phillips was the Ravens' third-round draft choice in 2020, from Mississippi State. As a rookie in 2020, he played in 12 regular-season games with eight starts (six at right guard, two at right tackle) and started two playoff games at right tackle. In 2021, Phillips played in 10 games for Baltimore with five starts (one at left guard and four at right tackle). He missed part of that season with a knee injury.
Miles, 6-5 and 325 pounds, last played a regular-season game in 2021, for the Arizona Cardinals. He was selected by Arizona in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Miles played in 17 games for the Cardinals on offense and special teams, including seven in 2019 and 10 in 2021.
He joined the Falcons as a free agent on March 31, was released on Aug. 30 and signed to the Atlanta's squad the following day.
*The Giants also re-signed offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield to their practice squad. He was signed to the active roster on Saturday and played one snap on offense and three on special teams against the Bills.
*Alex Cook, a defensive back on the Giants' practice squad, was signed by the Carolina Panthers to their active roster.
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