As great as head coach Brian Daboll might feel about the NY Giants starting off the season at 6-1, the injuries simply won’t stop for this team. In the Week 7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, both right tackle Evan Neal and tight end Daniel Bellinger left the game in the first half with extremely painful injuries. Now, both will be out for a little while.
Starting with Neal, he got rolled on and was seen on the ground in an insane amount of pain. He was quickly ruled out with a knee injury and it was feared that he may have suffered a torn ACL. Luckily, it’s been reported by Tom Pelissero that Neal suffered an MCL sprain and he’s expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
The G-Men sure dodged a bullet here, but not having Neal out on the field for around a month is terrible news for Daniel Jones.
NY Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger may not play again this season
After his rough showing in which he allowed three sacks against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3, Neal has looked sharp since. The rookie has made plenty of strides this year and the good news is there was no ACL damage and Giants fans will be able to watch him again later this campaign.
No one knows if the same could be said for Bellinger, though. The first-year tight end had to be carted off after he was accidentally poked in the eye in the middle of the action vs. Jacksonville. Daboll said that Bellinger will undergo surgery on his fractured eye socket later this week. However, it’s totally up in the air if we’ll see the promising pass-catcher get back on the gridiron for NY in 2022.
A fourth-round pick out of San Diego State, Bellinger is third on the Giants with his 16 receptions this campaign, good enough for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded his awesome touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers in London.
Not only that, but Bellinger is a fantastic blocker and has done a strong job helping open up holes for star running back Saquon Barkley. Bellinger’s eye injury was a bad one and the hope is that everything can go smoothly with his operation. After that, he’ll look to rehab and get back on the field as soon as possible, but it could prove to be a long road to get back for the 6-5, 253 pounder.