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Giants' Shane Lemieux ends first preseason game with toe injury

Foxborough, MA — Shane Lemieux spent the rest of the season on the injured reserve after playing just one game in 2021. He came back and took his place as the Giants' starting left guard this summer, but didn't come out of Thursday night's preseason opener unscathed. 

Lemieux was sidelined in the first quarter with a toe injury and was replaced by rookie Josh Ezeudu. Lemieux spent the second half of the Giants' 23-21 victory over the Patriots wearing his boots walking on his left foot. 

Depending on the severity of the injury, it could be another hard blow for Lemieux. He appeared in his nine games as a rookie in 2020, but required knee surgery to repair his patellar tendon problem after last year's opener. He was thrilled when he did not open training camp on the physically impossible list and was working with tackle Andrew Thomas on the left side of the line. 

Ezdu, who was drafted by North Carolina in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, was called on his penalty holding in the second quarter. 

His one offensive lineman, veteran Jamil Douglas, was sidelined with an ankle injury. 

Shane Lemieux
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Joe Judge, former Giants head coach Wearing a red Patriots hoodie, some of his former team included a lengthy conversation with Kevin Abrams, the Giants' senior vice president of football operations and strategy, and Tim McDonnell, the director of player personnel. After two years with the Giants, Judge returned to the Patriots as an offensive assistant and quarterback coach. 

Offensive His coordinator Mike Kafka had auditioned for the role of the play his caller, and the upstairs press he signaled the play from the box. 

"I think he did a great job. He put us in a good position," quarterback Daniel Jones said. 

Mike Kafka, right, and Daniel Jones
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C.J. … LB Austin Calitro tipped the ball to himself for a fourth quarter interception. … Rookie CB Cor'Dale Flott has been sidelined with a groin injury. … Head coach debutant Brian Dabor challenged a reception for the Patriots with 6:26 remaining but lost the challenge. 

The following players were unable to play due to physical problems: S Dane Belton, RB Matt Breida and LB Carter. Coughlin, DL Justin Ellis, LB Blake Martinez, TE Andre Miller, WR Austin Proehl, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, WR David Sills, WR Kadarius Toney, DL Leonard Williams, CB Rodarius Williams. 

Martinez has had reconstructive knee surgery and is slowly recovering. Rookie Darian Beavers started in place of Martinez. 

LB Aziz Ojulari is on the non-football injury list. WR Sterling Shepherd, OL Nick Gates, and OL Matt Peart are on the list that you can't physically perform. 

New general his manager Joe Shane comes to the Giants with his 21 years of NFL scouting and front his office experience with the Panthers, Dolphins and Bills on his resume. I was. For Shane, these summer games are the litmus test for how good a job he's done in finding and sourcing talent. We've pointed to the Bills' unblemished record for the season. 

"Our players are better than yours, so we were proud in terms of personnel," Shane said of the Bills' preseason success. 53}