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The experienced offensive lineman is hoping to avoid a bad outcome from his injury.
The situation for Nick Gates and the New York Giants is rapidly deteriorating. The veteran lineman was taken off the field with a fractured leg during the Giants' Week 2 game against the Washington Football Team. He went down on the first play of the Giants' second possession of the game, was put in an air cast, and immediately carted off the field. Gates was quickly placed on season-ending injured reserve, although his availability now extends beyond the rest of the 2021 season.
The 25-year-old is still in the hospital, according to head coach Joe Judge, and the Giants can't rule out the prospect of a career-ending injury.
Though there is some hope that Gates would avoid such a disastrous consequence. We're confident he'll be able to come back," added Judge, before circling back to concern. "But yes, it could be career-ending."
Gates started the season at centre for the Giants before being moved to left guard, and his departure will necessitate a long-term reshuffle in front of quarterback Daniel Jones, who has already been sacked six times in the first two games of 2021.
Gates, a Giants undrafted free agency signing in 2018, started only three games in Year 2 before being promoted to full-time last season and starting all 16 regular-season games.
He spent his whole rookie season on injured reserve and will now spend the majority of his fourth year there as well, fighting for a chance to play in the NFL for a fifth year and beyond.