During the course of three under-whelming seasons, New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley has never had an opportunity like the one that is in front of him now. A starting job, on one of the best defenses in football no less.
So, when he left Saturday’s preseason game against the New York Jets with what the Giants are calling a sprained knee, you couldn’t have blamed the 25-year-old if he was feeling down on his luck. Instead, when he met with the media on Monday, Bromley seemed grateful.
"I just thank God man, that it isn't more serious. Not as bad as it could be -- you take a look at all the headlines with the guys with knee injuries,” Bromley said. “You just pray and hope when you go for it [MRI] that it's not as bad as that. So I'm just thankful for that."
Unofficially, 24 NFL players have already suffered torn ACLs, likely ending their seasons.
Bromley said there is “no significant damage” to his knee and that he is “just a little sore.”
That said, he has no idea if he will be ready for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
“We will take it one day at a time,” Bromley said. “It’s remarkable how it feels from one day to the next. I am just going to keep working on it, keep going to treatment and just keep getting better every day. … I definitely want to play for the opener, but I just got to listen to my body and take it one day at a time.”
Other Injury Updates
We reported Monday that wide receivers Brandon Marshall (shoulder) and Dwayne Harris (upper body) returned to practice. Odell Beckham Jr., however, remains sidelined and his status for the season-opener is unclear.
“He’s getting treatment, he responds well to treatment and we’ll repeat that process again for tomorrow,” coach Ben McAdoo said.
Here are the rest of the injured players who missed practice on Monday:
- WR Tavarres King (ankle)
- CB Eli Apple (ankle)
- CB Michael Hunter (concussion)
- S Duke Ihenacho (knee)
- LB Keenan Robinson (concussion)
- LB Mark Herzlich (stinger)