The New York Giants have been one of the biggest surprises this season as they went into their Week 9 bye with a 6-2 record. Despite not playing in a game this weekend, Big Blue has still suffered a major loss.
It was revealed on Monday that budding star safety Xavier McKinney will be sidelined for a few weeks after breaking his hand in an ATV accident while on vacation in Cabo. McKinney shared the update on his social media accounts of what happened.
“During our bye week, I went away to Cabo. While there, I joined a group for a guided sight-seeing tour on ATVs. Unfortunately, I had an accident and injured my hand. The injury will keep me sidelined for a few weeks. I will do everything I can to get back as quickly as possible so I can contribute to what we’re building here in NY.”
McKinney, a second-round pick out of Alabama in the 2020 NFL Draft, has turned into one of the most versatile safeties in the NFL and is an integral part of Wink Martindale’s game plans defensively. He has been the player with the green dot on the helmet, relaying the play calls from the coaching staff to his teammates on the field, a role normally given to linebackers.
That makes McKinney a very difficult player to replace in the lineup. He has not missed a single snap this season, making him a virtually indispensable player for the Giants. There are going to be some major adjustments for the defense to make as a new signal caller will be decided and someone has to fill his role in the lineup.
Jason Pinnock could see an expanded role defensively as he is one of only three healthy safeties on the roster along with Dane Belton and Julian Love. Veteran Tony Jefferson is eligible to return from IR, but he may not be healthy enough to get on the field. Landon Collins could also see more time in the defensive backfield after playing a hybrid role in his return to the franchise.