Clint Sintim knew right away. As soon as he hit the turf at Gillette Stadium, he ripped off his helmet and slammed it on the ground. It was the first time he’d shown and kind of frustration this preseason, and no one could blame him.
“It’s bad,” Tom Coughlin said of Sintim’s right knee injury, which came about nine months after he had the ACL in that leg repaired. “A ruptured patella tendon to start with.”
And, for this season, that’s enough to finish with. He’ll have an MRI today but likely also suffered a torn ACL, the team said. Sintim became the latest Giants defender to suffer a season-ending leg injury, following the likes of Terrell Thomas, Brian Witherspoon and Bruce Johnson. Walking through the locker room after the Giants’ 18-17 win over the Patriots in the preseason finale, Sintim was choked up by emotion.
“I knew,” he said of the severity of the injury. “As soon as I hit, I knew. It’s unfortunate. I worked really hard to get back … It’s just unfortunate but that’s the way football is. I’m going to give myself a couple of days and I’m going to get back on the grind.”
Sintim played with the first unit on Monday against the Jets after Mathias Kiwanuka left the game with a mild groin injury and even recovered a fumble. He spoke about finally earning the trust of the coaching staff after two and a half years of expectations that came with being a second-round pick.
“You have to feel bad for a guy who is coming back off a serious knee, works his tail off, really didn’t say a word the whole preseason just did what he had to do and worked on the field, and then to see that happen,” Coughlin said. “It was devastating. He’ll bounce back, he’ll be back out there, but to have to go through what he’s got to go through again in terms of the rehab, we feel real bad for Clint.”