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Report: Rookie CB Sam Beal injures shoulder, could be done for the season

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The Giants lose their rookie corner as training camp begins

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Dianna Russini of ESPN is reporting that New York Giants rookie cornerback Sam Beal has suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Beal was selected out of Western Michigan in the third round of this year’s supplemental draft by the Giants. The team made Beal the highest-selected player in the supplemental draft since Josh Gordon in 2012 to help address what is perceived as a razor-thin cornerback position.

Beal wasn’t expected to contribute right away after missing all of the Giants’ offseason program. But with his talent and coverage ability, it was hoped that he would work his way on to the field to help relieve Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple as the season wore on. In the longer term, getting Beal a year early was seen as a boon and a chance to develop him in-house long before his peers would be drafted.

Now it looks like he will spend his rookie season on injured reserve.

Patricia Traina has previously detailed for us how a split in Beal’s contract would pay him less should he land on IR this season. That, obviously, will now come into play.

[UPDATE 6:15 p.m. ET]

NJ.com is reporting that Beal had shoulder surgery in February of 2018, and could be headed for a second. It is still possible that Beal is able to play in a harness, biut at this point surgery appears more likely.


[UPDATE 1:20 p.m. ET: Now we know how Beal got injured.]

Stay at Big Blue View for more details as we get them.