You just knew that with the bad luck the NY Giants have had over the years with injuries, something would pop up during training camp. Well, some negative news has arrived on fourth-round pick Dane Belton, who has been turning plenty of heads thus far early on in East Rutherford.
According to Giants insider Jordan Raanan, Belton has suffered a broken collarbone and will be out an extended period of time. Belton was spotted at practice wearing a sling, which caused plenty of people to start worrying. Now, Raanan has confirmed that the rookie indeed has suffered a serious injury.
NY Giants rookie Dane Belton suffering a broken collarbone is terrible news
You’ve got to feel for Belton here. A fourth-rounder out of Iowa, Belton has making making plenty of noise at camp and seen plenty of action running with the first-team defense. The expectation all summer is that Belton would push for significant playing time and be a monster throughout the campaign.
Now, though, it’s up in the air when he’ll be able to put the pads back on. At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s placed on the Injured Reserve and misses the first portion of the season. With a broken collarbone, the last thing the Giants will want to do is rush their first-year defensive back into action before he’s ready.
Collarbone injuries can be quite tricky to recover from, so Belton is going to want to take his time in his recovery and make sure he’s close to 100 percent before suiting up on Sundays. The fact that he’s been dealt this early adversity is unfortunate, but it’ll be on the other safeties to step their game up in Belton’s absence.
With Xavier McKinney looking to step up as a leader for the unit, there’s no better time than now for him to get everyone together and remind the group that injuries do happen. Belton will be back this season, but until then, everyone must elevate their play to make sure things don’t drop for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.