The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will be facing each other for the first time since 1992 on Thanksgiving Day. A classic NFC East rivalry will take center stage on a larger stage, as it plays a separate game on a national holiday. Although everyone is preparing for celebrations, New York didn’t receive any positive news Wednesday.
Four players were not going to fly with the team to Dallas as they prepare to travel. They are all offensive linemen with two of them playing right guard. On Thursday, center Jon Feliciano (neck), tackle Evan Neal(knee), guard Josh Ezeudu [neck], and Shane Lemieux (“toe”) will not be playing in Arlington.
Not having four available offensive linemen would be a problem, especially when facing the Dallas pass rush. ESPN reports that the Cowboys’ pass-rush win rate of 54% is the fourth highest in the NFL, according to ESPN. Micah Parsons has the edge across the league, winning 28% of their games.
New York sits at No. 19. Four injuries and you have a tough task protecting quarterback Daniel Jones. Dallas won at the Meadowlands earlier this year and has since beaten New York.
If the win is recorded, it would be four consecutive wins against rivals from east.
On Tuesday, the Cowboys resumed their practice listing new injuries. The Cowboys will face the Giants next week. Both teams are tied at 7-3 in NFC East standings, 9-1 Philadelphia.
Dallas released a simulated injury report Monday, fresh off its 40-3 win over Minnesota — the biggest road win in franchise history. Dallas revealed that Micah Parsons, star of the Dallas Stars, was not fully out of practice as expected on Monday.
Full Participation — Cowboys: CB Trevon Diggs (Ankle)
Limited Participation – Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott (Knee), DT Osa Odighizuwa (Knee), LB Micah Parsons (Knee/Ankle)
Did Not Practice – Cowboys: LB Anthony Barr (Hamstring), DE Tarell Basham (Illness), DE Dante Fowler (Illness), DT Johnathan Hankins (Illness), CB Kelvin Joseph (Illness), DE DeMarcus Lawrence (Foot/Illness)