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Line injuries might allow Adam Gettis to get his first NFL start

Giants offensive guard Adam Gettis and New York

Giants offensive guard Adam Gettis and New York Giants center Weston Richburg and teammates participate in a drill during an OTA at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Adam Gettis has taken the bumpy way across his first five NFL seasons. That’s why if Sunday goes the way it looks like it’s going to go, it will be a very satisfying feeling for him.

Gettis appears to be the fourth option at left guard for a Giants team that’s 7-3. Nos. 1, 2 and 3 have been cropped out of the big picture for the coming game at 0-for-the-season Cleveland.

Justin Pugh, Brett Jones and Marshall Newhouse were declared out Friday. Gettis, who saw a little action after Jones hurt a calf filling in for Pugh against Cincinnati Nov. 14 and after Newhouse sprained a knee filling in against Chicago last Sunday, is questionable due to calf soreness.

But Gettis said, “I’m fine. I’m ready to go.”

If that remains the case after Saturday’s practice, he could be in line for his first NFL start.

“You put in the work, you put in the time, you put in the years, and to finally get the opportunity to go out there and play, it’s very gratifying,” Gettis said.

Pugh will miss his third straight game with a sprained MCL. The No. 1 guy practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, then sat out Thursday.

“He got sore,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “He had a little setback and we’ll wait to see where he is next week.”

Washington drafted Gettis in the fifth round out of Iowa in 2012. He didn’t play as a rookie but appeared in 13 games the following season, although just two on offense. In 2014, he was with the Redskins in the preseason, then with Pittsburgh’s practice squad for two months, then with the Giants for the last two games, although he was inactive.

Last year, the Giants cut him at the end of the preseason, signed him to the practice squad, let him go, re-signed him to that squad and let him go again. He went to Oakland’s practice squad, then was signed to the Giants’ 53-man roster Dec. 1 and got into the season finale.

“He’s a tough guy, he’s a strong guy, and also very smart,” offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said.

This year, though, he didn’t survive the cut to 53. Gettis, who can also play center and tackle, signed for more practice-squad duty the next day and was promoted Nov. 9.

“It’s been tough, but you ride the wave,” Gettis said. “You’ve got to ride that roller coaster as we say here and you stay the course.”

Notes & quotes: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is questionable, but said, “I’ll be out there on Sunday.” . . . The NFL fined defensive end Olivier Vernon $18,231 for a hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.


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