Zak DeOssie was set to play in his 200th game for the Giants on Sunday. Instead, he is likely headed to injured reserve and there is a very good chance his time with the team is up after 199 games, two Super Bowl victories and countless plays on special teams.
DeOssie, 35, did not practice as the Giants held a morning workout on Thanksgiving, sitting out with knee and wrist issues. He is expected to land on injured reserve, which will almost definitely end his run with the Giants after 13 seasons. Prior to this season, DeOssie signed a one-year deal for $1.12 million and does not have a contact for 2020.
The Giants last week signed Colin Holba to their practice squad and he could take hold of the long-snapping duties for Sunday’s game against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Holba, 25, was a 2017 sixth-round pick of the Steelers. He has appeared in 13 NFL games, for the Jaguars and 49ers.
DeOssie was a 2007 fourth-round pick of the Giants out of Brown, taken as a linebacker and also as a long-snapper. His career on defense never gained any traction but he lasted year after year as a reliable snapper, often among the league leaders in making tackles on the punt coverage team. DeOssie was selected to two Pro Bowls. He is one of the team captains this season, but his consistency has wavered. Last week, a snap hit the ground in Chicago, affecting the kick as Aldrick Rosas missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.
DeOssie and Eli Manning are the only remaining players from Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. Manning, benched before Week 3 this season, is not under contract in 2020 and will not be back with the Giants. An era will officially be over once Manning and DeOssie are no longer remnants from the last glory the franchise has experienced.
Tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) did not practice on Thursday and the Giants will once again be short-handed at that position. WR Golden Tate (concussion) and S Jabrill Peppers (back) also did not work and are unlikely to play against the Packers.
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