EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants entered Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars already precariously thin at the safety position. They left their 22-12 victory even thinner as rookie Justin Currie suffered a fractured ankle early in the game and starter Bennett Jackson, playing only because of the lack of depth, suffered a sprained right knee late in the fourth quarter.
A limping Jackson was spotted outside the Giants' locker room with a brace on his right knee. Newsday is reporting that Jackson, who had emerged as a key piece of the secondary, could be lost for the season.
Word in the locker room around the players after the game was that Jackson suffered an ACL injury to his right knee and could be lost for the season. He'll have an MRI on Sunday.
"It’s amazing with the way that’s going," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "We earmarked it as a problem position for us with the safety position and we had two guys hurt tonight in that spot. Hopefully we’ll get a couple of guys back to practice that weren’t able to play. It’s just hard to even comment on."
The Giants lost Mykkele Thompson for the season to a torn Achilles tendon in their preseason opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. They were also without Nat Berhe (calf), Cooper Taylor (toe) and Landon Collins (knee) on Saturday.
On the good news front for #Giants: Nat Berhe says he was cleared by training staff today + will be a full-go in practice Tuesday.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 23, 2015
Beason, Herzlich also injured
Brittle middle linebacker Jon Beason left the gam ein the first half with a knee sprain. Beason could be seen on the bench with a wrap on the injured knee. He was later seen walking around the Giants' sideline without the wrap, perhaps a good sign.
Beason played only four games last season due to a toe injury. He was replaced by Jameel McClain.
Linebacker Mark Herzlich left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. Wide receiver Tony Johnson suffered a knee sprain.