The Giants’ already thin wide receiving corps took another hit on Sunday when Wan’Dale Robinson tore his right anterior cruciate ligament, ending his season.
Coach Brian Daboll made the announcement on Monday morning.
Robinson, a rookie second-round draft pick, had been having his most productive game as a pro, making nine catches for 100 yards in a 31-18 loss to the Lions. He went down on a reception early in the fourth quarter.
Overall, the speedy Robinson caught 23 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown in six games. He missed four games earlier in the season with a hamstring injury.
“Wan’Dale had a good game,” Daboll said. “He was really trending in the right direction.”
Now coaches will return to piecing together a unit that has not been consistently productive aside from Darius Slayton, who leads Giants receivers with 24 catches, 413 yards and two touchdowns.
The team’s highest-paid receiver, Kenny Golladay, on Sunday made his first two receptions since the season opener. Getting and keeping him involved would help.
The most intriguing option is free-agent receiver and former Giant Odell Beckham Jr., who is close to returning from a torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl with the Rams.
Daboll declined to comment on an NFL Network report that Beckham plans to visit the Giants after Thanksgiving.
“We have plenty of receivers on the roster,” Daboll said. “It’s a short week. We’ll get the guys ready to go and we’ll revisit things like we always do each week and see where it goes.”
Daboll did not offer any other injury updates after a day in which five starters had to leave the game against Detroit.
That includes both starting cornerbacks, Adoree’ Jackson (knee) and Fabian Moreau (ribs).
Nick Gates might have to step in for Jon Feliciano (neck) at center. Gates returned to action Oct. 30 more than a year after a major leg injury.
“I feel comfortable getting in there and doing it,” he said. “It’s almost like riding a bike.”