New York Giants rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux is expected to miss three to four weeks after the defense’s first test on the defense’s right knee revealed a sprained MCL, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Thibodeaux’s ACL and meniscus were intact, and the Giants are hoping the first round will be ready for their regular season opener against the Titans on September 11, the source told Schefter.
Thibodeaux sustained the injury in Sunday’s preseason game against the Bengals when he was blocked in the second quarter by Thaddeus Moss of Cincinnati.
Thibodeaux immediately grabbed his knee and walked off the field, but the former Oregon star later told reporters he was “alright”.
Thibodeaux, the No. 5 pick in this year’s NFL draft, had a strong summer and had quarterback pressures earlier in Sunday’s game.
The Giants are expecting big things this season from Thibodeaux, who has been working with the first string defense since OTAs started in the spring.
Thibodeaux had 19 sacks in 30 Oregon career games and entered last season as the potential No. 1 prospect in college football.
Jordan Raanan of ESPN contributed to this report.