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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants are going to have a new left guard for a while. What's less certain is who exactly it's going to be.


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Justin Pugh, who has started every game this season, sprained his knee in the second quarter of the Giants' 28-23 victory yesterday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Justin is going to miss some time," coach Ben McAdoo said today. "I don't know how long at this point, but he's going to miss a little bit of time."

When Pugh left the game, he was replaced by Brett Jones, a natural center who is also the backup at both guards. The Giants could keep Jones at left guard until Pugh returns. Or they could move Bobby Hart, who has started the last six games at right tackle, to left guard. Marshall Newhouse could then return to right tackle, where he started last year and the first two games this season before suffering a calf injury.

McAdoo, whose team returns to action next Monday night against Cincinnati, isn't revealing his plans.

"We'll take a look at all of our options," he said.

Jones played 50 snaps yesterday, the most he's had since the 2014 Grey Cup, when he played for the CFL's Calgary Stampeders against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I felt good," Jones said. "You never want to see a teammate get hurt. That's my job to be ready to play. I want to play football. It was good to get out there and play again. I cherish these opportunities. I definitely had a lot of fun out there."

•  Wide receiver Victor Cruz was scheduled to undergo an MRI on the ankle he sprained in the second quarter yesterday.

•  Leon Hall, the 10-year veteran cornerback, was inactive for the first time this season. Safety Nat Berhe was in uniform for the first time after missing five games with a concussion.

"It's just the way it shook out," McAdoo said. "We wanted to get three safeties up, true safeties up. It came down to special teams. When you have a lot of healthy bodies, you have to make some tough decisions. Certainly Leon has played some good football for us. We're confident in Leon and what he brings to the table."

•  Third-year pro Devon Kennard, normally the outside linebacker on the strong side, got some work inside vs. the Eagles, another change coming out of the bye week.

"We did a couple of different things and how to use our personnel," McAdoo said. "I think it's a way to help get Devon some reps. They're tough to come by in base defense these days. It was an opportunity to move him around a little bit and give us some opportunities."

•  McAdoo was non-committal, but still seemed unconvinced that cornerback Nolan Carroll should have been awarded an interception after taking the ball from Odell Beckham, Jr. in the fourth quarter.

"We're going to turn it into the league and really see what they have to say about it," McAdoo said. "I think it's one of those calls that it depends on where you start. I think it's a tough one to overturn either way. If it's incomplete, I think it stays incomplete. If it's a completion, I think it stays a completion. The way they ruled it as an interception, once you go look at it, I think it stays an interception. It's a hard one to overturn. Regardless, I thought we caught the ball and went to the ground. They came away with the ball. The starting point is probably going to be the ending point there."

•  McAdoo was blunt in his assessment of Dwayne Harris' decision to run Philadelphia's last kickoff out of the end zone. Harris was tackled on the 12-yard line, 13 yards shy of where the Giants would have had the ball had he taken a knee for a touchback.

"In the four-minute, the kickoff decision was a poor decision," McAdoo said. "We had seven up (to guard against an onside kick). We need to stay in the end zone with the ball there."

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