LANDOVER, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Nick Gates # 65 of the New York Giants reacts after a first quarter injury against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on September 16, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
After a strong start to their matchup with the Washington Football Team on Thursday evening, the Giants lost their best offensive lineman in Nick Gates.
Seems to be a tibia / fibula fracture with Nick Gates. Giants likely lose their best lineman for the season #giants @AdamSchefter @JordanRaanan @rydunleavy pic.twitter.com/r1gjO5fgUZ
Gates went down in the first quarter with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. He was then placed in an air bandage and carted off the field, which is never a good sign.
Shortly thereafter, the team announced that Gates suffered a fractured lower leg, which means he is likely to go to the injured reserve.
Gates, who emerged as the Giants’ starting center last season, was posted on guard in their second game this year after Shane Lemieux on IR with a torn patellar tendon in his knee.
Although we’ve only been in the regular 2021 season for five quarters, the Giants have now lost two start offensive linemen for the foreseeable future.
Ben Bredeson replaced Gates in this competition , and Billy Price started that game in the middle, which put Gates on the left guard before his injury tonight.
As mentioned, Bredeson replaced Gates on the left guard, depending on how he got the night finished, he will likely remain the starter moving forward.
The Giants also added Matt Skura, who was on their training roster, to their active roster today. Skura has spent the last four seasons as a starter for the Baltimore Ravens and has experience both in the center and in the guard.
As soon as Skura feels more comfortable in the Giants’ system, he could possibly intervene in the interior if Bredeson or Price the Not getting work done.
Regardless, the Giants just don’t seem to be on a hiatus lately, and Gates and Lemieux’s recent injuries are just one example of their bad luck.
Giants fifth year tight end, Evan Engram , has now missed his second straight game at the start of the regular season.
Engram was not expected to return in a short week in time to play Thursday night. He went through pre-game warm-ups, though, despite being deemed inactive before the evening.
Engram had a strong training camp and preseason but went down with a calf injury in the Giants’ final exhibition game against the New England Patriots.
With 2021 being the final year of his rookie deal, the pressure is on Engram to get back on the field. And once he returns, he’ll have to have a bounce-back season as he’s playing for his next deal in the NFL.
Despite his first Pro Bowl appearance last season, Engram led the league with 11 drops. Regardless, the Giants can use a player of Engram’s talent for an offense that hasn’t found its rhythm since Jason Garrett took over offensive coordinator in 2020. On the plus side, Engram’s increased activity lets week 3 like a one realistic target date for his season debut appear.
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