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'Worst-case scenario' looks avoided with G Shane Lemieux (knee)

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The Giants are in a holding pattern with left guard Shane Lemieux, who was carted off the field yesterday with a knee injury. He did not practice today.

"I'd say for the next, call it, 24-48 hours we'll really kind of understand exactly where he's at," coach Joe Judge said. "I'd say the worst-case scenario looks to have been avoided, we're happy about that. But, in terms of trying to come out here and try to make a diagnosis on Shane, we've got to see where he's at."

Lemieux, a fifth-round draft choice last year, started the final nine games in his rookie season. He entered the lineup after Will Hernandez, who had started 39 consecutive games at left guard, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Hernandez is currently the right guard. Lemieux is impatiently waiting to rejoin him on the field.

"The thing I'll tell you for Shane, he's kind of like a wild animal," Judge said. "He'd chew his leg off through a bear trap if he had to, so him not being out here is kind of driving him nuts. He's already been in my office today talking about the fastest way to get back and, look, my message to him is always when the trainers say you're 100 percent healthy to go on the field, we'll put you on the field."*Unlike some coaches, Judge requires his linemen to wear knee braces.

"The message to our team is, look, as much as they hate wearing knee braces - and trust me, they do - they hate having an injury and being out for the season even more if something happens," Judge said. "So, until we can practice at the right tempo together and everyone is staying on their feet, we're going to keep the knee braces on. And anytime we go full pads, live contact, we'll always have the knee braces on in practice."

View the best photos from Friday's training camp practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

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