Jonathon Goff became the latest Giants player to be hit by a season-ending injury, suffering a torn ACL according to a team source. An MRI taken today revealed the injury. No details were immediately available about the extent or nature of the injury. The Giants practiced yesterday and did not have a scheduled workout today.
UPDATE: Goff apparently banged knees with a teammate in practice on Monday and when the knee was still bothering him this morning he was sent for an MRI.
Goff joins a list that includes Marvin Austin, Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Clint Sintim and Brian Withersoon, all of whom had season-ending injuries in the last month. All of them are defensive players, too.
Goff was entering into his second year as the starting middle linebacker. He had progressed nicely and expected to be on the field even more in 2011, playing in sub packages. He was pushed in training camp by rookie Greg Jones from Michigan State. The Giants were high enough on Jones to waive Phillip Dillard, a draft pick from last year, and make Jones their backup middle linebacker.
Whether Jones plays there on Sunday against the Redskins remains to be seen. The Giants are also looking into the possibility of signing Kawika Mitchell, the former Giant who won a Super Bowl with the team. He also played for the Bills in 2008 and 2009 under defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who now heads up the Giants’ defense.
Other immediate options include bringing back Keith Bulluck, who began camp last season as a middle linebacker before moving outside, or bringing back Dillard if the Giants do not feel Jones is ready. Another rookie, Mark Herzlich, also played a little middle linebacker this training camp but is more an outside player.