By ALEX GIROLAAP, Associated Press Giants defensive end Greg Hardy was ruled out Sunday, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Hardy, who was a full participant in training camp this season, is in the concussion protocol and is questionable for Sunday’s game.
Rapoports first reported the news.
The Giants have yet to name a starting defensive end, which is unusual.
The roster moves made Monday night did not include defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who will start at left end.
The team did not make any roster moves for Sunday night’s game against the Falcons.
The 49ers beat the Giants 31-28 in Week 7.
San Francisco (5-6) will need a win Sunday to stay in the playoff race.
It’s unclear how Hardy’s status would affect the Giants’ chances of getting into the postseason, but it’s possible they could lose Hardy for good if they don’t make any moves.
Hardy had four sacks in Sunday’s win over the Falcons, but the Giants were able to keep the lead for a bit as they got to the end zone and then scored on a two-point conversion.
Hardy said he was unsure whether he would be able to play Sunday.
“I can’t really say right now, I can’t say right when it happens,” Hardy said after the game.
“But it’s definitely a big step forward for me, and hopefully it continues to go my way.”
The Giants were a mess on defense against Atlanta.
They surrendered a league-high 17 points and a league high 497 yards of total offense.
That was also their most points allowed in a game since Week 5, and they were on their way to losing for the fourth straight week.
San Franciscans also scored on two of their three drives that ended in points.
“It’s not like we did anything different from the last two weeks,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
“You’ve got to understand, they had a great game plan going.
We were a little bit sloppy with the ball.
We didn’t get any separation.
Coughlins plan was to let the defense take care of business. “
We were able in the second half to make plays.”
Coughlins plan was to let the defense take care of business.
“There were a couple of plays where we gave up a couple sacks that were just too much,” he said.
That’s not how it went.
The offense was not able to find its way into the endzone on those drives, and the Giants finished 3 for 15 on third downs.
They’ve averaged 5.8 yards per play, including 2.3 yards per carry, in their past two games.
“Just not playing well,” Coughins said.
The loss is the fourth in as many games for the Giants, who have lost seven straight.
The most recent loss came against the Eagles, 34-27.
The Falcons have won three of four games at home.
Atlanta’s defense was stout against the Giants in Week 5 when the Giants struggled to stop the run.
The Eagles, who are playing without star running back LeSean McCoy (knee) and tight end Evan Engram (hip), were able just to contain the Giants run game.
The teams combined for 1,722 yards rushing, 646 yards on the ground and 17 points.
Eli Manning was held to 2 for 27 for 27 passing.