March 31, 2023

Followers of the New York Giants have been left holding their breaths when rookie move rusher and fifth general draft choice Kayvon Thibodeaux went down with a knee harm. 

Thibodeaux was the sufferer of a authorized low block from Cincinnati Bengals tight finish Thaddeus Moss throughout Sunday’s preseason sport that the Giants gained 25-22 to enhance to 2-0 over the month’s exhibition contests: 

Whereas many understandably feared the worst, Thibodeaux claimed after the sport that he was feeling “alright” and had prevented a critical setback: 

It seems that’s the case. 

In accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Thibodeaux has been identified with a sprained MCL that can maintain him sidelined for roughly three-to-four weeks. NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport (h/t Kevin Patra) added that Thibodeaux’s ACL is unbroken. 

The Giants open the common season on the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 11. Logic suggests the Giants will proceed with warning relating to the 21-year-old who is anticipated to be a defensive starter and mainstay immediately out of the gates and can get him able to doubtlessly make his official NFL debut in a house sport versus the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 18. 

New York hosts the division-rival Dallas Cowboys for a “Monday Night time Soccer” showdown on Sept. 26. 

Whereas Moss’ hit on Thibodeaux has been labeled “soiled” by many, Professional Soccer Speak’s Mike Florio identified that “lower blocking” is “completely authorized” on this scenario, which means the tight finish shouldn’t be fined or suspended following Sunday’s motion. 

“Moss ought to have aimed larger, towards the hips,” Florio wrote. “He nonetheless may have eradicated Thibodeaux from the play with out doubtlessly blowing out his knee.” 

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Thibodeaux notched 19 sacks in 30 complete video games whereas with the Oregon Geese. He logged 15 snaps and one sort out in opposition to the Bengals earlier than his harm. 

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