The injury bug that has plagued the New York Giants this preseason struck again Thursday night as linebacker Clint Sintim suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the 2011 NFL season.
Sintim suffered a torn ACL in that knee near the end of last season. The Giants reportedly believe that Sintim may have also turn the ACL again.
A second-round pick in 2009, Sintim was apparently quite emotional when he spoke briefly to reporters following the game.
“I knew as soon as I hit [the ground]. I knew,” Sintim said.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said simply “It’s bad.”
Sintim has not lived up to expectations with the Giants, having not yet been able to earn a starting spot. However, he had a good preseason prior to being injured and — with an inexperienced group of reserve linebackers — could have provided the Giants some depth and experience.
Now, though, you have to wonder if his career just went up in smoke.