One of the foundations of the Giants success in recent years has been the depth of their defensive line.
That depth took a serious hit Tuesday morning, as they four of their defensive linemen are dealing with a variety of health issues, per Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is being treated for a blood clot in his leg, and second-year man Marvin Austin has been sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery for an unspecified back issue. Austin missed his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle, and after being suspended his final year at North Carolina, he’s been off the field for nearly three years.
Also, backup defensive tackle Martin Parker has a herniated disc that will require surgery, and backup defensive end Justin Trattou has a heel problem that will keep him out a few more weeks.
With defensive end Chris Canty still on the PUP list, and tackle Rocky Bernard just back after missing the preseason opener with a knee issue, the Giants are suddenly thin, and relying on a bunch of unknowns.