Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon ruled out of opener vs. Jaguars

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New York Giants outside linebacker Olivier Vernon has been ruled out of Sunday’s regular season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Vernon was carted off the field suffering what the team called a high-ankle sprain Aug. 26 and hasn’t practiced since. He hasn’t even been seen working on the sideline with a trainer or riding an exercise bike as is usually the case for injured players since the initial injury.

Vernon is expected to play a key role in the Giants defense this season.

In 2017, he was second on the team in sacks with 6.5, bringing his total to 15 in his first two seasons with the Giants. Vernon is an important component of the Giants’ pass-rush as the team switches from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. The change in defensive scheme will make better use of Vernon’s skill set. He will switch positions from defensive end to outside linebacker in James Bettcher’s defense.

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Vernon being held out of the regular season opener raises questions as to the severity of his injury and if more missed games are on the horizon.

Lorenzo Carter, the team’s 2018 third-round draft pick, could start in Vernon’s place. He returned to practice Thursday after an illness. Tae Davis, an undrafted free agent, has missed all of this week’s practices with a hamstring injury. Davis was seen riding an exercise bike during the portion of Friday’s practice that was open to the media. His status for Sunday’s game is unknown.

The Giants must release an official injury report regarding Vernon and Davis’ status for Sunday’s game by Friday afternoon.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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