As relayed by ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, New York tested the first-round rook’s right leg after Cincinnati Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss delivered a questionable tackle, or dirty play, during Sunday’s preseason game.
The G-Men now expect Thibodeaux to return in “three to four weeks.”
“Thibodeaux’s right ACL and meniscus were intact, and the Giants say they remain hopeful the first-round pick will be ready for their regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 11,” Raanan wrote.
Concern in the Big Apple ramped up to a 10 when a cart was spotted coming for Kayvon after he went down.
Thibodeaux waved off the assistance and was seen walking on the Giants’ sideline — at times unbothered in his gait.
Giants fans were up in arms over Moss’ play as they watched him deliver the direct hit to Thibodeaux’s right knee during a rush from the formidable defensive end.
“Fingers crossed,” Giants first-year coach Brian Daboll said after the game. “Hopefully his rehab goes well and he can get out there as soon as he can.”
New York went on to win, 25-22, against the Bengals.
In reality, the Giants may be conservative with KT’s rollout and opt to bring him back until Week 2’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants anticipate an elevated performance from the defense with new DC Wink Martindale and a stout defensive line that features former Clemon standout Dexter Lawrence, top 2019 free-agent signing Leonard Williams and an ascending Azeez Ojulari.
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