October 9, 2020 | 9:55pm
Sit out a Giants-Cowboys game?
Sounds like blasphemy to safety Jabrill Peppers, who grew up in New Jersey watching the rivalry and was angered last season when the Cowboys were taunting the Giants on the sideline. Dallas has won six straight in the series.
“Obviously it doesn’t need to be said how much this game means and how much this game has meant for years,” Peppers said.
Peppers (ankle) has missed the last seven quarters, but returned to practice on a limited basis this week. In trying to adhere to coach Joe Judge’s team rule not to discuss injuries, he still couldn’t hide that he is champing at the bit to return.
“It feels good to be back out there at practice with the guys and get the blood flowing a little bit,” Peppers said.
Peppers rolled over teammate Oshane Ximines while defending a field goal in the Sept. 27 loss to the 49ers.
“You always worry when something like that happens,” Peppers said. “My MRIs and my X-Rays came back clean so that eased my mind a bit, but it’s still a process. I have to listen to the trainers and get in there for my treatment.”
Peppers is a special teams captain, but the Giants could limit his non-defensive role as protection, using Golden Tate as punt returner. Peppers, safety Adrian Colbert and outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell are listed as questionable, and Ximines is out for the next three games after being placed on injured reserve.
“It’s more of a question of: If we put a guy on the field, can he get hurt worse?” Judge said. “To me, it’s a difference in tolerating pain — and that’s a player’s decision — and can he get hurt worse. If he can injure something worse, that to me is when we have to step in and make a decision for him.”
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) is out for the season, meaning 60 percent of Dallas’ usual starting line won’t play against the Giants. Right tackle La’el Collins is on injured reserve and center Joe Looney is out.
The Cowboys have dominated the Giants in the trenches the last three seasons, but maybe that will change now. All-Pro guard Zack Martin could slide to tackle, owner Jerry Jones hinted on a Dallas radio station.
“I know there are some new moving parts and faces, but they replace talent with talent all the time,” Judge said. “For us to have any chance of success this week, it’s got to start up front for our guys. We have to play a good, physical game.”
The Giants added offensive linemen catching passes alongside skill players to a regular drill at Friday’s practice.
Shane Lemieux, who played a snap at fullback last week, didn’t look nearly as smooth as the other bigs. Lemieux and fellow rookie reserve Matt Peart, who last week played one series in place of right tackle Cameron Fleming, might get in the game again even though it looks like the Giants are sticking with the same five starters.
“We have different packages for different guys,” Judge said. “We’ll see how that factors in based on how the game unfolds. We plan on everyone playing in the game plan this week.”
NFL senior vice president of officiating Perry Fewell — a former Giants defensive coordinator — sent a memo to teams Friday warning coaches must keep face coverings in place when communicating with officials. Failure to do so could result in a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.