EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants high decide Kayvon Thibodeaux is unlikely to play in his first profession sport within the NFL on Sunday towards the Tennessee Titans.
Thibodeaux, who has been coping with a knee harm, is formally listed as uncertain for the season opener. He was extraordinarily restricted at apply all through the week.
The fifth general decide on this 12 months’s draft sprained the MCL in his proper knee within the second preseason sport. He was anticipated to overlook three to 4 weeks, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Sunday is strictly three weeks from when the harm occurred.
Edge rusher Azeez Ojulari (calf) can also be uncertain because the Giants attempt to win a season opener for the primary time since 2016. That additionally occurs to be the final time they made the playoffs.
Thibodeaux and Ojulari had been seen at apply for the primary time since their accidents this week. They didn’t do any working throughout the intervals of apply open to the media.
“I would say no matter we have requested them to do within the rehab course of, they have been doing,” coach Brian Daboll stated, declining to say if they’d opened as much as really check their accidents earlier than the Friday apply. “I do not assume there’s any setbacks with that. Once more, we’ll give them a few days right here to determine that out.”
Thibodeaux stated earlier this week he was feeling “higher.” The Giants and Thibodeaux each stated they saved contemplating it a day-to-day scenario.
It appears extremely unlikely the Giants would rush their high decide or Ojulari, a second-round choice final 12 months, onto the sector for the season opener. The staff has proceeded with excessive warning on accidents this spring and summer season.
New York will possible have to show to veteran Jihad Ward and Oshane Ximines to begin Sunday towards working again Derrick Henry and the Titans. Edge rusher Quincy Roche can also be anticipated to be activated from the apply squad.
Thibodeaux was damage Aug. 21 towards the Cincinnati Bengals within the second preseason sport. He went down after a minimize block from Bengals tight finish Thaddeus Moss.
Thibodeaux, 21, was the Giants’ first of two choices within the first spherical of this 12 months’s draft out of the College of Oregon. He’s anticipated to play a big function in coordinator Wink Martindale’s protection.
The explosive pass-rusher was working with the first-team protection way back to the start of the spring.