New York Giants rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly sustained a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Monday.
Connelly was injured while making a tackle on rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins during the fourth quarter of New York's 24-3 win over Washington on Sunday. He left the game on a cart.
An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the severity of the injury for Connelly, who recorded 20 tackles, two interceptions and one sack in four games since being selected by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants placed Connelly on injured reserve after confirming the extent of the injury.
Connelly, 23, collected his second interception in as many games on Sunday when he picked off Case Keenum following a deflection from cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
"It's unfortunate, but he's got a real bright future, and he'll come back from this," coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday afternoon. "He was doing a lot of really good things for us. He's a young player. Part of being a pro sometimes is coming back from injury. If he approaches this the way he has approached playing in the game, he'll be back to full strength here soon."
Later Monday, New York announced they claimed defensive end Chris Peace off waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers to fill the void. Peace, 23, played in the Chargers' season opener and saw action on three special teams snaps. The Chargers waived Peace on Saturday.
The Giants are very thin at inside linebacker with Alec Ogletree sidelined with a strained hamstring and Tae Davis missing Sunday's game due to a concussion.
Linebackers David Mayo and Nathan Stupar also are in line for additional snaps for the Giants (2-2), who host the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) on Sunday.
--Field Level Media