The Giants will be without linebacker and defensive signal caller Alec Ogletree on Sunday when they host the Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Ogletree, the Giants’ second-leading tackler, was ruled out on Friday after missing a third straight practice with a hamstring injury.
That makes three defensive starters who will be missing on Sunday. The other two are Eli Apple and Damon Harrison, who were traded away this week in what could be interpreted as white flag moves by general manager Dave Gettleman after the Giants’ 1-6 start.
“We’ll put the next guys in,” coach Pat Shurmur said.
B.J. Goodson, Nate Stupar, Ukeme Eligwe and rookie Tae Davis will be in the mix to replace Ogletree. Those four have combined for 24 tackles so far this season. Ogletree has 48.
“It will be a job share,” Shurmur said. “B.J. will be in there much more than he has been. He’s done [signal calling] before, so we are confident he’s going to do a good job.”
The reverberations from the trades apparently have quieted down in the Giants’ locker room.
Left tackle Nate Solder, who left the Patriots to sign a four-year, $62-million contract before the season, thought he was joining a Super Bowl contender. But unlike other players who said a total rebuild would make them question their futures with the Giants, Solder said he will soldier on.
“I was certainly not expecting [the trades], but I am so thankful to be here under the leadership of Mr. Gettleman [and] coach Shurmur,” Solder said. “I just think that they’re building this thing the right way. I believe in those guys tremendously. All of the decisions that they make, I fully support, and whatever that means, we play it out however it needs to be played out.”
Solder said he doesn’t have any regrets about joining the Giants.
“What I was thinking six months ago is the same thing I’m thinking now, and that was God ordained this whole thing,” he said. “He brought me here for a reason. I’m being obedient to what God is saying to me and I’m so thrilled and joyful for that reason. Whoever is inside this locker room, whatever the circumstances are, don’t change that.”
As far as the mood in the locker room, Solder said: “You’ve got a lot of hard-nosed dudes that care. You see smiles on people’s faces because they’re passionate about what they do. They enjoy what they do. We love each other. I think that’s what’s special and important . . . You guys are talking big picture, and that’s none of my business. I don’t look at that. I take one game at a time. I focus on the next opponent, the Redskins. Everything I need to do, everything my teammates need to do, everything we need to prepare for . . . If you get caught on a bunch of other stuff, that doesn’t really affect what we’re doing now. It’s just going to be a distraction that’s going to take away from what we’re doing. That’s the most important thing.”
Wide receiver Jawill Davis (concussion) also was ruled out.