Giants Pro Bowler feared he suffered a ‘significant’ injury
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for the New York Giants, who fell to 4-9 after a brutal 37-21 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, December 12, they could now turn around. move from one of their stars. defensive players for the remainder of the season.
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams left yesterday’s game with an elbow injury and did not return for the remainder of the game. And on Monday, December 13, it was revealed that this disease would be serious.
Williams’ injury is “significant” according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. Williams is currently undergoing further tests on his elbow and is expected to miss out on time. With just four games to go in the regular season, Williams is likely not to return in 2021 depending on the severity.
If Williams is sidelined for the remainder of the season, it would be a major loss for a Giants defense that has already suffered badly this year.
After re-signing Williams, 27, to a three-year, $ 63 million contract last offseason, he has lived up to expectations in the first year of his massive contract. In 13 games, Williams had 62 total tackles, four tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hits.
Although part-owner John Mara initially thought this Giants team could qualify for the playoffs, the franchise won its fifth consecutive losing campaign with yesterday’s loss to the Chargers.
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The next man
With Williams’ status in doubt going forward, the Giants will continue to have an eye on rookie rushers Azeez Ojulari and Quincy Roche.
Ojulari, the Giants’ 2021 second-round pick, was the duo’s most impressive in their first year in the NFL. The Georgia Bulldogs product broke the Giants rookie record for sacks in one season with 7.5 in the first 13 games.
Overall, Ojulari looks like a piece the Giants can build in the future given the promise he showed during his rookie campaign. Ojulari has started nine games this year, recording 38 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hits.
As for Roche, who was a sixth-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Giants claimed him on waivers on September 1 and he’s been a sold addition this season. Roche produced 27 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks and four quarterback hits in 10 games (three starts). He also had the backpack sealed to help secure a victory for the Giants over the Las Vegas Raiders on November 7.
In what has been a dark season for the Giants, they have two young pieces in Ojulari and Roche who should factor in the equation beyond this year.
Another tough break
After the Giants drafted wide receiver Kadarius Toney with the No. 20 overall pick last spring, his rookie season has been a bit of a nightmare.
Toney faced Covid and a hamstring issue over the summer that caused him to miss the majority of training camp and all of the preseason action. Then he suffered an ankle injury that forced him to be inactive in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.
In the Giants’ Week 11 game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Toney suffered a quad / oblique injury that kept him out of the last three games. Now, in addition to his latest injuries, he has tested positive for Covid-19, according to the NFL transaction thread.
While Toney has certainly been productive on the field, amassing 35 receptions for 392 yards, his first year in the NFL has brought a lot of bad luck.
The Giants dropped defensive rookie of the year and defensive player of the year nominee Micah Parsons to 11th to fall back for an additional first-round pick in 2022 and select Toney. And so far, that decision has not paid off for New York.
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