The New York Giants saw eight players go down with an injury on Saturday night against the New York Jets and only one returned.
Of the other seven, rookie wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton suffered the most significant injury.
Meeting with reporters during a Zoom call on Saturday, Giants head coach revealed that Ford-Wheaton had suffered a torn ACL and was placed on injured reserve (IR). He will miss the remainder of the season.
Although Ford-Wheaton was a bit inconsistent as a receiver, he had excelled on special teams. Specifically, he was making his mark as a gunner and had drawn unprompted praise from Daboll, special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and general manager Joe Schoen in recent weeks.
“The obvious with Bryce is just size, speed. He’s 6-foot-4, he’s 225 pounds, or 230, whatever he is, and runs 4.40,” Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey told reporters on Wednesday.
“Those measurables are pretty special. Whenever you can get — and with him, he’s a very mature rookie. He goes about his business very professionally, he comes into meetings, he works his tail off, he’s attentive, and he wants to learn. So, when you have those qualities — smart, tough, dependable — and just those physical attributes, he has a really, really big upside, I think.”
Ford-Wheaton was on the fringe for a 53-man roster spot but appeared to have earned his way in. With him now out for the season, the Giants can carry another receive or one less body at the position.
Meanwhile, Daboll said defensive linemen D.J. Davidson and A’Shawn Robinson did not play against the Jets because they weren’t medically ready.