New York Giants top rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux leaves preseason game with knee injury

New York Giants top pick Kayvon Thibodeaux left Sunday night’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a knee injury and will not be returning.

Thibodeaux went down after being blocked in the second quarter by Bengal’s tight end Thaddeus Moss. He immediately grabbed his right knee.

The cart came out in front of Thibodeaux, but he got up and walked right past it. The rookie entered the blue medical tent before emerging with a smile and some laughter. He walked along the sidelines before going in with a trainer.

Thibodeaux was the fifth overall pick in the University of Oregon’s 2022 NFL draft. He had a strong summer and had a quarterback pressure earlier in Sunday’s game.

The Giants expect big things from Thibodeaux this season. He’s been working with first string defense since the inception of OTAs in the spring.

Thibodeaux had 19.0 sacks in 30 Oregon career games. He went in last season as the potential No. 1 overall prospect in college football.

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