Giants receive great news on injured TE Daniel Bellinger

Alexander Wilson
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Oct 9, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger (82) is pursued by Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry (94) on a touchdown run in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Giants lost rookie tight end, Daniel Bellinger, to a broken eyesocket against the Jacksonville Jaguars, there was fear it could be season-ending. Bellinger was bleeding profusely out of his eye, which swelled up like a balloon after the game.

The Giants were unsure of a diagnosis and what a recovery timetable might look like, but things are becoming a bit clearer now after two weeks.

General manager Joe Schoen spoke via WFAN earlier this week, indicating that Bellinger’s eye would be 100% after last week’s surgery. They expect he will return in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions, but that could be an optimistic timetable. It is possible it takes a few extra days for Bellinger to return to the football field, but he is expected to feature at some point in the season, which is great news.

The New York Giants miss Daniel Bellinger’s services on the football field:

The Giants missed Bellinger’s contribution significantly against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. His run-blocking prowess has helped the Giants’ offense tremendously, but he’s also carved out a nice role for himself as a receiver. The 22-year-old has hauled in 16 receptions on 18 targets this season for an 88.9% catch rate. He’s tallied two receiving touchdowns and a rushing score to go with 152 yards through the air.

The expectation is that the San Diego State tight end will be a prominent figure in the Giants’ offense moving forward. With a good frame at 6’6″ and 255 pounds, Bellinger has all the tangible tools to be an impact player in the future. He’s already shown flashes of his qualities in his rookie year and given Daniel’s eye completely heals, building on his positive impression certainly isn’t out of the question.