The NY Giants have been dealing with so many injuries in recent years it’s hard to keep track of everything. That is no different this season already, with many players missing time in training camp and for preseason action.
Some members of the roster are questionable for Week 1, and there are others who are already declared out for the entire season. Some of these injuries are a cause for concern as preseason will be shortly in the rearview mirror after Sunday’s preseason finale against the Jets, and after that, the Giants season opener in Tennessee is just two weeks away. With that said, here are four Giants with injury concerns heading into Week 1.
4. OLB Kayvon Thibodeux
No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeux made a grand entrance into the league, bringing his big personality suited for a major market like New York. Thibodeux has impressed in camp, providing flashes of his potential all summer, and he’s already a fan favorite.
However, in the second preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the fifth overall pick suffered a sprained MCL after a cut block by Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss. The move, although perfectly legal, received wide social media attention with critics and supporters on if cut blocks should be legal.
The Injury seemed serious at first with the cart coming out while Thibodeux was on the ground in pain, but he waived the cart off and walked to the locker room without support, and was later on the sidelines seen joking with teammates.
Thibodeux’s timeline for return is 3-4 weeks, which could mean that he misses out on the season opener against the Titans, but according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the rookie pass-rusher is visiting another doctor for a second opinion on the injury.
If the second opinion on Thibodeux’s knee injury comes back as negative, then beyond Week 1 could be in doubt. As it stands, Thibodeux could potentially be on the field for Week 1, but the most likely outcome is he’s ready to go for the home opener Week 2 vs. the Carolina Panthers. We’ll find out soon enough.