The New York Giants can tentatively breathe a sigh of relief after a scary moment on Sunday involving first-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux.
The edge rusher left New York’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter with an apparent serious injury to his right knee but expressed after the game that he was feeling much better. Thibodeaux is expected to miss three to four weeks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday.
Initial tests revealed that Giants’ DE Kayvon Thibodeaux suffered a sprained MCL that is expected to sideline him 3-4 weeks, per source. His ACL and meniscus were intact.
Giants are still hopeful that he will be ready for the regular-season opener vs. the Titans, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2022
Thibodeaux was hit on a cut block by Bengals’ tight end Thaddeus Moss Sunday night. He grabbed his knee and appeared to be in significant pain. He walked off the field rather than getting on the cart that was brought out for him, and was in good spirits on the sideline after being examined.
“We good,” Thibodeaux said while exiting the locker room after the game. “Good news.”
It’s been a rough preseason so far for the pass rusher. Earlier in the week, the fifth overall pick in the 2022 draft came under some scrutiny from The 33rd Team’s Chris Long, who after the first preseason game predicted a tough rookie season for the former Oregon defender.
“I don’t think, for an edge-rusher as slight as he is, that he’s extremely twitchy,” Long said. “And he’s gotta work his hands better. He seems to lay hands on people, not put them on people, and there’s a difference. So he’s got a lot of work to do.”