ARLINGTON — Brian Daboll might win Coach of the Year on Thanksgiving Day if he finds a way to lift the Giants (7-3) over the Cowboys (7-3) with this lineup.
Three of Daboll’s starting five offensive linemen didn’t even make the trip: left guard Josh Ezeudu (neck), center Jon Feliciano (neck) and right tackle Evan Neal (sprained MCL/illness).
Starting left tackle Andrew Thomas (illness) and right tackle Tyre Phillips (neck) are listed as questionable, too. So the Giants signed tackle Devery Hamilton to the active roster and elevated Korey Cunningham from the practice to join Matt Peart among Thursday’s active reserves.
“It’s the NFL,” Daboll said Tuesday, before the team flew to Dallas on Wednesday. “Every team deals with injuries. So, next guy up. And let’s get ready to play.”
Nick Gates is expected to start at center. Daboll might end up starting Jack Anderson at left guard with his top left guards down in Ben Bredeson (sprained PCL, injured reserve), Ezeudu and Lemieux.
The Giants’ head coach eviscerated Anderson on national TV after a Week 10 false start and deactivated Anderson in Week 11. Now he might have to lean on him for a full game.
Slot receiver Richie James (knee), and safeties Jason Pinnock (jaw) and Dane Belton (clavicle), are also questionable. So the Giants signed safety Trenton Thompson to the active roster and elevated safety Terrell Burgess from the practice squad, as well.
The Dallas Cowboys only have one player listed out: LB Anthony Barr (hamstring). But an illness is sweeping through their locker room and added a couple more players to the final injury report.
Star LB Micah Parsons (knee/ankle) leads a slew of Cowboys who are questionable, including DE DeMarcus Lawrence (foot), DE Dante Fowler (illness), CB Kelvin Joseph (illness), DT Osa Odighizuwa (knee), DT Neville Gallimore (illness) and S Donovan Wilson (illness).