An already horrible season for the New York Giants has taken a horrible turn this week with news that the team will sit Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
Pro Bowl cornerback Janoris Jenkins will now join Manning on the sideline. According to multiple media reports, Jenkins will undergo surgery on a bum ankle Wednesday and will be placed on injured reserve.
At 2-9 on the season, losing any one player isn’t going to have a huge impact. For all intents and purposes, the Giants’ season is over.
Though, Jenkins figures into the team’s long-term rebuild and has been dealing with this ankle injury throughout the past several weeks. Getting him at 100 percent for next season is big.
The 29-year-old corner has recorded 30 tackles, three interceptions and two touchdowns on the season. That comes on the heels of a first year with the Giants that saw Jenkins put up 18 passes defended and three interceptions en route to earning Pro Bowl honors.