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Giants starters Perkins, Richburg ruled out vs. Chargers; OBJ 'doing well'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants will be without starting center Weston Richburg and running back Paul Perkins on Sunday when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. There is also a good chance that defensive end Olivier Vernon could miss the contest.

Richburg (concussion) and Perkins (ribs) were ruled out for Sunday. Vernon (ankle) is questionable and didn't practice this week after aggravating the injury Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not given an injury designation despite leaving practice early Thursday with what the Giants believe was cramping. At first they weren’t sure if it was his hamstring or cramping. They determined it was the latter.

Beckham is also dealing with finger and ankle injuries, but is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers.

“He’s doing well,” coach Ben McAdoo said.

Third-year lineman Brett Jones is expected to start at center in Richburg’s place, while Orleans Darkwa and rookie Wayne Gallman will handle Perkins’ role. It will be the Giants’ fourth offensive-line combination in five games.

“A lot of confidence in Brett,” McAdoo said. “He’s a pro. He prepares very well. He can play guard, he can play center for us. He has a high IQ, a high football IQ and some toughness.”

The Giants (0-4) are looking for their first victory of the season Sunday in a battle of two winless teams. They also have defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/knee) and Avery Moss (shoulder) and guard John Jerry (hamstring) listed as questionable. Moss and Jerry are new additions to the injury report.

Pierre-Paul said Thursday he was going to play.

“Of course. I’ll play on Sunday, man,” he said. “That’s no question.”