The Giants spent most of the last month playing without Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith in their lineup. Now they might have to do it the rest of the season, too.
In his first game back after missing a month with a torn pectoral muscle, Smith may have suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Giants’ 21-3 win over the Vikings on Monday night, according to two sources familiar with his injury. The injury is believed to be a tear to the meniscus cartilage, though the source did not know the severity.
An injury like that doesn’t guarantee Smith’s season is over. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs suffered a torn meniscus in the first week of the 2009 season, but didn’t miss a game until Week 15. It wasn’t immediately known if the Giants planned to put Smith on injured reserve or give him a chance to fight through the pain for the stretch run and the playoffs.
However, one source told the Daily News last night, “This does not look good for him at all.”
Hakeem Nicks, now becomes the number-one guy, if he already wasn't, with Mario Manningham as the WR2. Derek Hagan could see time as the WR3 for the Giants. TE Kevin Boss should continue to be a factor for the remainder of the season as well.