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Giants Rookie Wan’Dale Robinson Out with Torn ACL

In yet another hit to New York’s roster, Giants wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson’s promising rookie season has come to an end. 

During Sunday’s 31-18 loss against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium, Robinson tore his right knee’s ACL–anterior cruciate ligament–after getting tackled near the home sideline on the first play of the fourth quarter, according to to head coach Brian Daboll. The wide receiver fell to the ground and immediately began writhing in pain as he grabbed at the knee. The severity of the injury means that Robinson will have to sit the rest of the regular season out.

The announcement was posted Monday to the NFL’s official Twitter account.

“Wan’Dale had a good game,” said Daboll after the game. “He was really trending in the right direction. Really felt healthy and had quickness.”

Prior to the injury, the 2022 second-round draft pick out of Kentucky was coming up on the most productive game of his career. He had nine catches on 13 targets for 100 yards and one touchdown, both season highs for him. But with Robinson now out of the equation as one of the team’s better players, the New York Giants have to contend with an already struggling receiving corps–a situation that its players are facing head-on.

“We know how explosive [Robinson] can be. … Not having him out there is definitely going to be a loss, but it’s going to give other guys opportunities, and we have all the confidence in all the other guys too to step in and make plays,” said running back Saquon Barkley after Sunday’s loss.

In addition to Robinson, the Giants also had cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson and Fabian Moreau, center Jon Feliciano, safety Jason Pinnock, and right tackle Tyre Phillips leave the game with injuries of varying severity. Pinnock was taken to the hospital for an intensive jaw evaluation. Feliciano indicated that tests run on his neck came out positive, and Jackson stated that he hyperextended his knee but will nonetheless undergo an MRI.

With so many losses and a limited number of receiver options (just four) to make the Giants champions, the team has a tough road ahead. Their next game will be on Thanksgiving day against the Cowboys, who’ve so far enjoyed a string of victories after a disappointing start to the season.

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