Brandon Jacobs Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Knee, Likely Return Date

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10:  Brandon Jacobs
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Brandon Jacobs will miss the New York Giants' Week 13 meeting with the Washington Redskins.

Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen reported that both Jacobs and Jason Pierre-Paul will be out for the game on Sunday night.

The Giants have ruled DE Jason Pierre-Paul and RB Brandon Jacobs out of Sunday night's game.

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) November 29, 2013

Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger reported that the veteran running back was absent at practice on Friday.

This news won't come as a surprise for many Giants fans, as Jacobs' knees have long been a lingering problem. He had surgery on his right knee in 2009 and then suffered an injury to his left leg in 2012.

Jacobs was signed by New York during the season, following a string of poor performances by David Wilson. Since moving to the Giants, the nine-year veteran has rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 58 carries. He's the team's second-leading rusher, behind Andre Brown.

Although he hasn't provided a ton of explosive runs, Jacobs' punishing inside runs have added a necessary dimension to New York's offense, and not having him in the fold will no doubt hurt the team.

The timing of this injury couldn't be worse, either. The Giants have a critical NFC East showdown on Sunday night, and if they have any hopes of making the postseason this year, they'll need to get the win on the road.

Looking at the brighter side, those who have Brown on their fantasy teams should see a boost in production. Without Jacobs taking away carries, the onus will be on the fifth-year back. Against one of the worst defenses in the league, Brown looks poised for a big game.

Should Jacobs return to the field soon, you have to wonder if his knees will persist in limiting his time and productivity on the field.