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Robert Ayers Injury: Torn pectoral to end his season, per report

Robert Ayers (91) is reportedly done for the season
Robert Ayers (91) is reportedly done for the season
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The hits just keep on coming for the down-trodden and running-out-of-players New York Giants. According to Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News, defensive end Robert Ayers will join more than a dozen of his teammates on injured reserve.

Ayers leads the Giants with five quarterback sacks. The 29-year-old is in the first year of a two-year, $3.75 million contract after spending the first five years of his career with the Denver Broncos. Ayers was a first-round pick by Denver in 2009.

With Ayers reportedly done for the season the Giants will have to rely increasingly on young defensive ends Damontre Moore and Kerry Wynn. Moore played a career-high 43 snaps Sunday and Wynn made his NFL debut, playing 22 snaps.

Here is a look at the Giants who are currently on injured reserve:

Player Pos. Injury
Prince Amukamara CB Biceps
Jon Beason LB Toe
Michael Cox RB Fractured Leg
Victor Cruz WR Knee
Marcus Harris WR Shoulder
Peyton Hillis RB Concussion
Travis Howard CB Knee
Jerrel Jernigan WR Foot
Troy Kropog OT Foot
Trumaine McBride CB Thumb
Cooper Taylor S Toe
Walter Thurmond CB Torn Pectoral
David Wilson RB Neck

This doesn't even count Trindon Holliday and Mario Manningham, who were placed on IR before the season began and have since been released. Nor does it count the myriad of active players whoa re currently injured and unavailable to play.

These aren't muscle pulls from inadequate stretching programs. I don't know there is any explanation for foot and toe injuries, torn pectoral muscles and biceps, and fractured legs. They just happen.