James Kratch of NJ Advance Media is reporting that New York Giants’ defensive end Evan Schwan has suffered a broken foot.
#Giants rookie DE Evan Schwan broke his foot late in last night's game, per source. Tough for the Penn State product.— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) August 27, 2017
This was a particularly raw deal for Schwan and the Giants, as the injury came on a play that, officially, never happened. Schwan was injured on a play in the final two minutes where the Giants sent Calvin Munson after Christian Hackenberg on a blitz, which produced an incomplete pass that might have been a fumble — except according to the NFL, it never happened.
The NFL says that the play never should have been run because the league office was evaluating the previous play. However, officials at the game never stopped play or informed the coaches that the previous play was under review. So the game went forward and the play that wasn’t really a play ended with Schwan being carted off the field.
It’s an awkward and confusing situation that had Ben McAdoo rightly incensed after being informed of the ruling by the officials.
Signed as a rookie free agent out of Penn State after the 2017 draft, Schwan has had an impressive spring and summer. He caught the attention of reporters in rookie mini-camp and his name kept getting mentioned through OTAs and mini-camp. He was overshadowed by the Giants’ starters once the pads went on in training camp, and the crowded depth chart likely would have kept him off the 53-man roster. However, he might have done enough to earn practice squad consideration. The Giants will likely place him on the injured reserve and he will get a second chance in 2018.