- Posted: 5:22 PM, August 23, 2011
As they continue to absorb the news that rising-star cornerback Terrell Thomas is gone for the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, the Giants learned Tuesday that defensive tackle Marvin Austin, their second-round draft pick, tore his left pectoral muscle in Monday night’s preseason victory over the Bears and will require surgery that will force him to miss his entire rookie season.
“He did have his arm out to the side, he got caught with his arm out to the side, it just the way it happens so many times,’’ a weary Tom Coughlin said Tuesday.
That means the first two players in the 2011 draft class are on the mend. Cornerback Prince Amukamara broke a bone in his foot in his second practice with the Giants and following surgery will be out until October at the earliest. Austin was going to play at defensive tackle in a rotation behind starter Linval Joseph and the Giants were excited about his potential, given that he missed all of last season at North Carolina.
Joseph and Chris Canty are the starting defensive tackles and Austin was going to get on the field as well. The Giants this summer have stockpiled veteran interior defensive linemen, re-signing Rocky Bernard, taking a flier on Gabe Watson, and most recently announcing the signing of Jimmy Kennedy. All three won’t make the final roster and the Giants will use the next few weeks to see which of these experienced players can help them.