Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has a torn pectoral muscle, the New York Giants have announced. Hankins is out for the rest of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, obviously, and could be out for the season.
Hankins was injured in the second quarter when he hit Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin and forced a fumble that Jasper Brinkley of the Giants recovered. The fumble recovery did lead to a Giants' touchdown.
"I don't know the extent of it, but their usually not very good," head coach Tom Coughlin said after the game of Hankins' injury.
This tweet from Ebenezer Samuel offered a little more information.
Left pec tear for Johnathan Hankins. He does not know the severity yet. He's expecting an MRI Monday.— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) November 9, 2015
A third-year player drafted in the second round in 2013, Hankins is the Giants' best defensive tackle. Without Hankins, the Giants have Markus Kuhn, Cullen Jenkins and Jay Bromley as defensive tackles. The Giants just waived Louis Nix on Saturday.
This is the third pectoral injury suffered by a Giant this season. Will Beatty suffered a torn pec lifting weights during OTAs and has yet to play. Prince Amukamara has missed the last four games with a pectoral injury.