Promising Update on New York Giants Rookie Edge Rusher

New York Giants fans can rest a little more easily today. Head Coach Brian Daboll revealed Monday afternoon that rookie edge rusher Kaybon Thibodeaux's gruesome collision on Sunday night resulted in a mere MCL sprain. Those watching initially feared much worse.

Daboll declined to put a timeline on Thibodeaux's recovery, but described his injury as "day-to-day." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested the 21-year-old was expected to miss three weeks, which might put his availability for the season opener against the Tennessee Titans into question.

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Drafted fifth overall in this year's draft, Thibodeaux was primed to contribute right away on the Giants defensive line. A premier talent, Thibodeaux has dominated at every level as an edge rusher, winning USA Today's High School Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 before bursting onto the college scene and winning Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors for Oregon in 2019. He followed up his dominant college career with an impressive NFL combine that saw him run a 4.58 40-yard dash while measuring in at 6 foot 4 inches and 254 pounds. Hopefully, this injury is only a hiccup, and he'll soon resume his quest to carry on the rich tradition of Giants pass rushers established by Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan.

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