While the rest of the team was packing up and celebrating the win in Detroit last night, Clint Sintim sat silently in a folding chair in front of his locker with his left leg held straight by a big brace. He was staring off into space. He hadn’t yet had an MRI to give him an exact diagnosis, but he knew.
Today, the medical tests confirmed it. Sintim tore his ACL and will undergo surgery “as soon as they can get the swelling down,” Tom Coughlin said in his conference call.
That almost certainly means a roster move that will send Sintim to injured reserve and add someone else to the 53-man roster. Since Sintim’s major role was on special teams – and the Giants have Phillip Dillard and Gerris Wilkinson who can fill in for him there – there doesn’t seem to be a need to find a linebacker to replace him. The Giants could consider promoting tight end Jake Ballard, who has already been up for a game and played on special teams. That game was against the Eagles as well. Maybe he only plays against the Eagles.
They are expected to sign LB Kenny Ingram to the practice squad, so that would take care of the body on the scout team defense.