Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) is likely out on Sunday as the 0-4 Giants seek their first win against the 0-4 Chargers at MetLife Stadium.
Vernon would be missing the first game in his six-year NFL career.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the likelihood that Vernon won’t play on Sunday morning. It confirmed Vernon’s sentiment from Thursday when he was asked how important it is to extend his 84-game streak.
“I don’t want to miss a game and not be out there for my teammates and everything like that, but the main thing is getting healthy so I can be out there longevity wise and help contribute,” Vernon said.
Vernon played most of last season, his first as a Giant, with a broken wrist. On Sunday, Kerry Wynn and Romeo Okwara will fill the void at defensive end.
And while Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/knee) said he will play, it wouldn’t be a stretch to expect JPP to see his snap count drastically reduced, which would put Wynn and Okwara on the field together often with neither starter on the field.
Rookie Avery Moss (shoulder) also could chip in but he is questionable, as is offensive guard John Jerry (hamstring).
Center Weston Richburg (concussion) and running back Paul Perkins (bruised ribs) also are confirmed out.