People get hurt in sports all the time — and can even lose parts of their body while participating in a game. Athletic trauma, after all, is one of the main causes of tooth loss in people under age 35.
However, things are getting a little out of hand for the New York Giants, who keep taking hit after hit after hit. In just about three weeks’ time, the Giants have seven injured players, the majority of whom are now out for the season.
Receiver Jerrel Jernigan suffered a mid-foot injury, putting him on season-ending injured reserve. He joins cornerback Walter Thurmond, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle, and wide receiver Odell Beckham, who suffered a hamstring injury, amongst others.
This turn of events does not bode well for the Giants. According to Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Games Lost (AGL) metric, which quantifies the impact injuries have on teams, the Giants were the most hurt by injured players in 2013, and were pretty heavily affected in 2012, too.
With history not on their side, and with things not looking good in the present, the Giants have shuffled their roster in the hopes of defying the odds, pulling two players up from their practice squad — receiver Julian Talley and linebacker Dan Fox. Talley, a UMass alum, appeared in two games last season playing for the Giants. Fox, a Notre Dame rookie, was signed as an undrafted free agent earlier this year.
In order to restock their practice squad, the Giants have signed both L’Damian Washington and Travis Harvey, who was also with the Giants during training camp and actually caught five passes during preseason. They’ve rounded off their practice squad by dropping defensive end Jordan Stanton and by signing linebacker James Davidson, who played with the Bengals in training camp.
Hopefully these changes will put the Giants in a better position while the injured team members recover.