This Wednesday, both Giants and Cowboys had their last practices before the Thanksgiving game between them at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Likewise, the teams issued their final injury reports for said match. And while there are several doubts on the Dallas side, the New Yorkers will have significant casualties.
Next, we review the reports of both teams.
Cowboys final report: Several defensive backs in doubt due to illness
The main novelty in the final report from Dallas has to do with the possible sick leave of several cowboys, mostly defensive players. In fact, several of them have not trained during the week for this reason. That list is made up of these players:
- Dante Fowler – defensive end
- Donovan Wilson – deep
- Johnathan Hankins – tackle defensivo
- Kelvin Joseph – cornerback
- Neville Gallimore – tackle defensivo
- Tarell Basham – defensive wing
Of those, Basham and Hankins are questionable for this Thursday, while the others were designated as questionable. For now, the status of these players will remain to be confirmed on Thursday.
#Cowboys final injury report vs Giants (W12):
🔑 Anthony Barr ruled out, as expected, so Damone Clark up again.
🔑 Tarell Basham, Johnathan Hankins doubtful due to illness making its rounds.
🔑 DeMarcus Lawrence, Micah Parsons join list of questionables but expected to play. pic.twitter.com/LwrRFT1xxh
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) November 23, 2022
Likewise, there are three players listed as questionable due to different injuries: linebacker Micah Parsons (knee and ankle injuries), defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (foot) and defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa (knee). Of those, Parsons and Lawrence are expected to play this Thursday.
So far, the only one ruled out for the Thanksgiving game is Anthony Barr. The linebacker suffered a worsening of the hamstring injury last Saturday that he has been carrying for a few weeks. For now, Barr may miss another game or two because of that injury.
Lastly, there are two undesignated players in the Cowboys’ final report: running back Ezekiel Elliott and cornerback Trevon Diggs. Particularly noteworthy is the case of Zeke, who remains to be seen if he will have more weight than Tony Pollard in the running game this week.
Due to potential sick leave against the Giants, the Cowboys upgraded defensive end Takkarist McKinley from the practice squad. In this way, the former Falcons could debut with the cowboy team this Thursday. Likewise, offensive lineman Aviante Collins was also elevated to the active roster for this match.
OT Aviante Collins & DE Takk McKinley have been elevated to the active roster for Thursday’s game. Illness sweeping through the D-line room. McKinley should see his first action for the Cowboys against the NY Giants.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) November 23, 2022
Giants final report: Seven confirmed kills for Thursday
On the Giants side, it is striking that no player appears without a designation for the duel against Dallas. Likewise, seven players appear discarded for the duel against Dallas due to different injuries. These are:
- Adoree Jackson – cornerback (knee injury)
- Daniel Bellinger – tight end (eye)
- Evan Neal – offensive lineman (knee/illness)
- Fabian Moreau – defensive back (obliques)
- John Ezeudu – offensive lineman (neck)
- Jon Feliciano – offensive lineman (neck)
- Shane Lemieux – offensive lineman (toe)
To these losses we must add the loss of receiver Wan’Dale Robinson. The rookie was placed on injured reserve this week due to a torn ACL in his right knee, which occurred against the Lions last Sunday. Due to this injury, Robinson will miss the remainder of the season.
On the other hand, the Giants designated in the report five players as questionable for this Thursday: safety Dane Belton, offensive tackles Tire Phillips and Andrew Thomas, defensive back Jason Pinnock and receiver Richie James. The final status of these players will be confirmed during the hours before the game against Dallas.
S Dane Belton (Clavicle)
WR Richie James (Knee)
T Tyre Phillips (Neck)
DB Jason Pinnock (Jaw)
T Andrew Thomas (Illness)
— Dan Salomone (@Dan_Salomone) November 23, 2022
#Giants WR Wan’Dale Robinson tore his ACL and his season is over. A promising rookie year cut short.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 21, 2022
As we can see from these reports, the Giants’ offensive line will be pretty decimated this Thursday. However, this unit could face a cowboy defensive line with several players in doubt due to illness. However, the other defensive elements of Dallas (starting with DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons) could do their thing against the line five of the New York offense.
As usual, the status of the players in question will be confirmed by both teams hours before the start of the match. In theory, we could have a game with several sensitive casualties in both Dallas and New York. However, there is no doubt that the most affected will be the Giants due to the already confirmed casualties.