ProFootballDoc: Injury Impact for Giants-Bucs Monday Night Football

The best and bravest call of the day was to take one of the worst teams in the AFC on the road against arguably the top team. The healthier Texans didn’t need the 10 points, as they won comfortably outright against the Titans. The Saints scored 22 fourth-quarter points to make it closer, but seven points through three quarters had the Eagles with an easy win. Despite three honorable mention picks winning, the overall record drops to 29-25-1.

Here is the injury analysis for tonight’s final Week 12 contest.


The Giants are getting healthier with the return of Saquon Barkley but are still the more injured side. The offensive line is still lacking with the LT, LG and C spots all down. Defensively, the G-Men are missing two LBs and both starting safeties.

The big difference in tonight’s matchup is the health of the Bucs’ offense. Antonio Brown is really the only one missing, but Scotty Miller could be back as well as Rob Gronkowski. NG Vita Vae and CB Carlton Davis are the key absences from the defense where CB Sean Murphy-Bunting should return.

Overall, there is a 16.1 point SIC score health advantage to the World Champions, and 10.5 points is a lot to cover. But the Bucs should be hungry after being upset last week by Washington and look to get out to a fast start.

Go to to get in on the insider knowledge with the best injury analysis provided by people with NFL experience or listen to the ProFootballDoc podcast for the early jump for this Thanksgiving and this Sunday.

Written by Dr. David Chao

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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