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Robert Ayers' injury mars Giants first OTA workout

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Ayers suffers left leg injury.

Robert Ayers was carted off the practice field on Wednesday
Robert Ayers was carted off the practice field on Wednesday
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com-USA TODAY Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Why not? It's the New York Giants. It's non-contact OTA workouts. Why wouldn't there be an injury? Defensive end Robert Ayers suffered what head coach Tom Coughlin said were left knee and ankle injuries during Wednesday's OTA at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Ayers hobbled to the sideline after being injured and tried to walk gingerly to the lockerroom while occasionally flexing that left leg. He eventually gave up and was carted inside. Immediately following practice Coughlin had no indication as to the severity of Ayers' injury.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Giants have had some type of OTA injury. In 2012, Hakeem Nicks broke his foot. In 2012, Henry Hynoski suffered a freak knee injury. In 2014, Jon Beason suffered a toe injury.

Coughlin said that Ayers was injured when he went low on the first play of 11-on-11 drills, despite players having been instructed to use only feet and hands during a non-contact practice.

"For some reason he went low," said Coughlin, who admitted to being "disappointed" by that.

"I'm hoping that what it turns out tobe is not serious," Coughlin added.

The Giants already lost starting left tackle Will Beatty to a torn pectoral muscle he suffered last week while lifting weights with teammates during supervised workouts.

Ayers finished last season on IR with a torn pectoral muscle.

Other Injury Notes

Safety Nat Berhe (calf) and linebacker Devon Kennard (ankle) did not practice.

[Editor's Note: Much more coming from Wednesday's OTA and locker room access, so keep checking back for new posts.]