The New York Giants have announced that rookie cornerback Rodarius Williams tore his right ACL during Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Williams injury flew under the radar on Sunday night, overshadowed by the injuries to Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and Kenny Golladay. However, it looks as though Williams’ injury is the most severe. He has been the Giants’ primary depth at outside cornerback, frequently taking over on the outside while free agent addition Adoree Jackson moved into the slot.
Williams was the Giants’ final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, being selected in the sixth round (201st overall) out of Oklahoma State. While he was only expected to be a special teams contributor, he caught the eye of coaches with a knack for generating big plays throughout training camp. Williams rose up the depth chart throughout the preseason, and was a “starting” cornerback while the Giants rested their starters in preseason.
He played a total of 50 snaps through the first five games, with his snap load increasing over the previous three games.
While this is a terrible break for Williams, the Giants could have reinforcements available. Veteran cornerback Josh Jackson, acquired from the Green Bay Packers in a preseason trade, has yet to be active on the season. Likewise, fellow rookie Aaron Robinson could be able to come off of the PUP list following the Giants’ upcoming game against the Los Angeles Rams. Sam Beal has also been inactive so far this season.
The Giants also got relatively good news on Golladay.
#Giants WR Kenny Golladay is expected to miss this week with a knee injury, source said, but a major sigh of relief all around. The initial fear was that it was major… but should be just a week or two. Actual good injury luck for NYG.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2021