Steve Smith on IR: 5 Reasons This Really Hurts the New York Giants

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Steve Smith on IR: 5 Reasons This Really Hurts the New York Giants
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The New York Giants on Wednesday announced that star wide receiver Steve Smith is headed to the injured reserve due to cartilage damage sustained to his knee when tackled during Monday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Initially thought to just be a hamstring injury, an MRI revealed the true extent of his injury. While some outlets have reported Smith’s injury to be a torn ACL or meniscus, it has been confirmed that the damage was to the cartilage in his knee.

This is a big blow to a Giants team in the thick of a battle for a spot in the playoffs and a game against divisional foe Philadelphia on order for this weekend.

To say that Smith’s injury will have a negative impact on the Giants is obvious; the real question is in how many ways will Smith’s injury impact the Giants. 

The following slideshow consists of five different ways that Smith’s injury will have a negative impact on the Giants’ season. 

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