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Draft Scout *Justin Pugh News
11/20/14 - RT Justin Pugh (quad) missed his second day of practice and appears unlikely to play on Sunday. If Pugh can't go, the Giants' options include Geoff Schwartz, James Brewer and Adam Snyder.
11/17/14 - RT Justin Pugh, who left the game on Sunday with a quad strain after playing in only eight snaps, said he initially was injured during pregame warmups the week prior against Seattle. As far as whether he will be able to play for the Giants this coming weekend when they host the Cowboys, Pugh said, "That's my plan."
11/16/14 - RT Justin Pugh left the game in the first quarter with a left quad strain, an injury that he apparently first suffered last week against Seattle. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that he didn't know what was going on with Pugh, whom he said took all the snaps in practice this week and who wasn't on the team's injury report. "Had we known something was [wrong], we could have done something about it," he said of Pugh.
10/16/14 - RT Justin Pugh has not been listed on the Giants injury report so far this season, but head coach Tom Coughlin admitted that Pugh is dealing with an issue that goes back to the preseason. "He's had an elbow. He's had that (brace) on forever," Coughlin said.
12/30/13 - RT Justin Pugh became the first New York Giants first-round draft pick to start every game of his rookie season since linebacker Lawrence Taylor did it in 1981.
He also became the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since defensive tackle Barry Cofield in 2006; and the first offensive lineman to do it since David Diehl 10 years ago.
"It's a great honor to be mentioned obviously with one of the best players of all time and those other guys as well," Pugh said. "It's your job to go out there and win football games and take pride in the way you play. I just try to follow the way guys in this locker room do it."
Pugh credited taking care of his body and following the protocol established by the team as a key to his durability this season, but noted that he had room for improvement in that regard.
"I know I can take better care of my body this offseason and get ready for the long haul because I want to be playing in four more games," he said. "I think this team can be in the playoffs. So get ready for that is my goal this offseason."
As for his assessment of his rookie season, Pugh didn't hesitate with his answer.
"I'm not happy with my rookie year. I think I could have played better. Those first four games I wish I could get back. Down the stretch, there were a couple of games - the Seattle game - that I wish I could have back. So there are some bright spots that I'll take and learn from it, and there are some spots that I know I have to get better on."