New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh will start at right tackle for Eli Manning when they take on the Broncos in Denver on 'Sunday Night Football'.
Following a loss earlier Sunday by the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos had an opportunity coming off of their bye week to gain some more ground in the AFC West battle as they took on the win-less Giants.
Before being soundly booed as they retreated to the locker room trailing 17-3 at the half, the Broncos kept hollering at each other in the huddle, couldn't convert third downs and gave up more big plays than they had all season. NY led 3-0 at that point. He was replaced by Billy Turner, who was active for the first time this season.
McManus missed a 35-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter Sunday night, his fourth miss of the season.
Two notable changes in the Giant offense this week: Head coach Ben McAdoo relinquished the play calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, and the Giants shuffled the O-line hoping to provide better protection for Manning. After struggling early this year and being benched last week, cornerback Eli Apple was the target of many of Trevor Siemian's early throws but he allowed just one completion for three yards. His 43-yard interception return for a touchdown with 48 seconds left before halftime gave NY a two-touchdown cushion and left Siemian writhing in pain.
Siemian appeared to hurt his left shoulder while trying to make a tackle on the pick six.
According to Andrew Mason of the team's official site, he was nearly immediately ruled out for the rest of the game.
Siemian's first interception came with 9:21 left in the second quarter and ended a Broncos scoring threat.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian was knocked out of the game briefly, and he lost his right tackle Menelik Watson (right calf) along with receivers Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Isaiah McKenzie to ankle injuries. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Things continued to unravel for the Broncos, who had Thomas sidelined with a leg injury, when Sanders also went down with an ankle injury.
Both x-rays for Sanders and McKenzie came back negative and both will have MRI's on Monday, coach Vance Joseph said after the game.
The Denver offense finally started to pick up some yardage on their next drive, including a 24-yard reception by Demaryius Thomas on the first play to put him over 100 yards for the game, but McManus would miss yet again.