Will Dexter Lawrence start against the Eagles? Reviewing the last-minute injury report from Giants camp

The New York Giants’ underwhelming season has frequently made headlines due to significant injuries affecting key players, most notably Daniel Jones’s season-ending injury. This setback opened the door for rookie Tommy DeVito, who quickly gained recognition after leading a game-winning drive against the Green Bay Packers.

Simultaneously, the offensive struggles extended to the defensive roster, with several defensive players featured in the team’s recent injury report, including the experienced Dexter Lawrence.

Will Giants DT Dexter Lawrence play against the Eagles?

As the New York Giants prepare for their upcoming clash against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, they face uncertainties regarding the availability of key defensive players. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, who has been grappling with a hamstring injury for several weeks, is listed as questionable for the game after participating in a limited practice on Saturday, per SB Nation.

Despite making a triumphant return to action in the weeks after the Giants’ Week 13 bye, Lawrence has been significantly rested, seeing only 43% of the snaps in the game against the Saints and 48% in the game against the Packers.

The defensive stalwart was sidelined for the Week 12 victory over the Patriots due to his hamstring issues. Hence, Lawrence’s status for Monday’s game remains a game-time decision.

Giants head coach Brian Daboll acknowledged Lawrence’s ongoing battle with the hamstring injury during the week, stating, “He’s still working through his hamstring.”

The uncertainty surrounding Lawrence’s availability adds to the defensive challenges for the Giants. Adding to the defensive concerns, Rakeem Nunez-Roches has been ruled out due to a knee injury, while A’Shawn Robinson, another defensive tackle, is marked as questionable for the game.

To address the defensive gaps, the Giants made a strategic move by signing defensive tackle Timmy Horne from the Atlanta Falcons practice squad. The decision to bring in Horne rather than promote second-year defensive lineman Ryder Anderson from the practice squad reflects the team’s proactive approach to bolstering their defensive front.

Giants set for franchise history

The Giants are set to play on Christmas Day for the first time, facing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, per the New York Giants. Despite this festive occasion, tension looms among Giants fans following a disappointing Week 15 loss, especially considering the unfavorable record against the Eagles.

The Eagles have been a formidable opponent for the Giants, achieving a unique feat in 2022 as the first team to beat them three times in a single season, including a playoff game. With an impressive record of 11 wins in the last 13 meetings and a flawless streak of 10 victories at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles hold a psychological advantage over the Giants, who last won there in 2013.

Even though they have a history of losing to the Eagles, the Giants are motivated to finish the season on a good note by scoring a victory against them. Acknowledging the formidable challenge presented by the Eagles’ defensive front, spearheaded by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, the Giants, specifically their offensive line, are fully cognizant of the exceptional skill and depth they will face, diligently preparing for a demanding matchup.

Rookie standout Tommy DeVito remains unfazed by the intimidating atmosphere at Lincoln Financial Field, boldly expressing his love for such unfriendly environments, particularly the anticipated one in the City of Brotherly Love. DeVito’s fearless approach reflects the team’s commitment to overcoming challenges.

In the lead-up to the game, veteran player Justin David Pugh acknowledged the Eagles’ commendable performance but emphasized the Giants’ desire to emerge victorious. Pugh expressed the team’s eagerness to beat the Eagles and reclaim their legacy.

“Philly’s been really good. They’ve done a good job. You’ve got to give a hat off to them. Yeah, we’d love to beat them.”

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Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.

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