The injury bug has already begun to strike the New York Giants once again.
In the first round of organized team activities, the defending Super Bowl champions received a blow to their defensive back depth with injuries to cornerbacks Brian Witherspoon and offseason addition Antwaun Molden.
While Molden’s injury currently appears to be nothing more than a tweaked hamstring, the damage on Witherspoon could be season-ending.
According to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger, Witherspoon’s injury appears to be a torn ACL.
Giants fear another ACL tear for Brian Witherspoon; Antwaun Molden to have hamstring evaluated: Witherspoon tore... bit.ly/Lpieni— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 23, 2012
Witherspoon missed the entire 2011 season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. The fifth-year corner has struggled to find his place in the NFL and has not been a significant contributor since 2009, as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Molden was a member of the New England Patriots' defense last season and tallied five tackles in the team's Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
The Giants were hit hard by injuries during the 2011 season. The most evidently depleted unit was their secondary, which saw five cornerbacks land on injured reserve, including maturing star Terrell Thomas and rookie Prince Amukamara, who missed the first half of the season with a broken foot.
General manager Jerry Reese shored up the Giants depth in the secondary this offseason to ensure they would not have to worry about injuries in 2012, but there was no way to expect the injury bug to strike so soon. As of right now there is no reason to panic, but disappointing moments like these are another example of why it is so important to have depth in order to succeed in the NFL.
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