Giants’ OT Evan Neal diagnosed with Grade 2 MCL sprain

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Aug 21, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) says a pregame prayer before the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants picked up a number of injuries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Week 7 win on Sunday afternoon. One of the more prominent losses was rookie offensive tackle Evan Neal, who was rolled up on, sustaining a knee injury.

After seeing the amount of pain that Neal was in, there was concern that it could be season-ending, but the early diagnosis is that he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

The New York Giants escaped with a few close injury calls:

Giants fans can take a deep breath knowing that Neal should return this season, given injuries of this nature typically take a maximum of four weeks to recover from. Neal was taking a significant step forward in his development the last few weeks, giving up three total pressures over his last two games combined. He played in just 19 offensive snaps before going down on Sunday, with Tyre Phillips filling in and playing admirably and his absence.

The Giants didn’t only lose Neal on the offensive line, though, but also saw Ben Bredeson go down with an injury of his own.

Early reports indicated that the injury to Bredeson isn’t season-ending, so the Giants might’ve escaped with close calls.