Giants Cornerback Suffers Knee Injury

The New York Giants came back to earth against the Detroit Lions on Sunday after a surprising 7-2 start to the season, and an injury to a starting defensive back may have had something to do with it. Cornerback Adoree' Jackson exited with a knee injury in the first half, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon that he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain. Jackson played 18 snaps in the Giants' 31-18 loss to the Lions, totalling two tackles. The 31 points were the most allowed by the Gtiants in any game this season. Jackson has combined for 51 tackles and seven passes defended over his 10 appearances this year, allowing an 86.7 passer rating on throws in his direction.

Jackson' solid play this season has been a big part of a Giants' defense that has allowed the 13th-fewest points in the league. His reliability could be sorely missed this week in particular; the Giants travel to Dallas on a short week for a massive Thanksgiving NFC East tilt that will go a long way to establishing the pecking order in the division.

Jackson initially joined the Giants via free agency in 2021 on a three-year, $39 million deal after four years with the Tennessee Titans. The 18th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, he appeared in 46 games and broke up 33 passes for the Titans before finding his fortune. He has maintained his solid play in his two seasons with the Giants, earning Pro Football Focus overall grades of 74.9 in 2021 and 72.2 this year.
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