Walter Thurmond’s first season with the New York Giants lasted only two games, as the veteran cornerback was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the team today. Thurmond had been patrolling the slot cornerback position with the Giants and was essentially a starter on the defensive unit. His place in the cornerback rotation will be taken by Trumaine McBride, a player who started several games for Big Blue last season.
According to a statement released by the team,”Thurmond underwent successful surgery [Tuesday] morning to repair his torn pectoral muscle. The operation was performed by team physician Dr. Russell Warren at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The typical recovery time for the procedure is three-four months.”
Thurmond had gotten off to a so-so start with the Giants in the first two games. Pro Football Focus (PFF) rated Thurmond in the bottom half of cornerbacks in the early going with a -(0.5) rating. Under the PFF rating system, a zero grade amounts to an average game, so Thurmond had a slightly below average rating in two contests.
The team also announced that wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan has been placed on injured reserve as well. Jernigan had been a starting receiver for the G-men this year, mainly due to the unavailability of first round draft pick Odell Beckham, Jr. As hope springs eternal, there is a chance that Beckham may see his fist action as a New York Giant against the Houston Texans this week.
Jernigan injured his foot in the 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in what was termed by the team as a “mid-foot sprain” but will not require surgery. According to PFF, Jernigan’s production should not be hard to replace, as the website ranked the University of Troy product 99 out of 111 ranked receivers. His -(2.5) rating was only slightly better than Victor Cruz’s -(3.1), and these rankings highlight the current ineptitude of New York’s receiving corps.
To replace Thurmond and Jernigan, the Giants signed wide receiver Julian Talley and linebacker Dan Fox off of their practice squad. Talley was a late cut by the Giants during training camp, as he got caught in the wide receiver numbers game. In fact, Talley may have outplayed Jernigan, who was coming off of a couple quality efforts at the end of the 2013 season. But Jernigan’s play did not carryover into the 2014 training camp and regular season, before getting hurt.
According to the Giants, “Fox, 6-3 and 233 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent from Notre Dame on May 13. He played in all five preseason games and had five tackles (four solo). Fox played in 52 games with 32 starts for the Fighting Irish and had 226 tackles (104 solo), three sacks and two interceptions.”
In related news, the team announced that middle linebacker Jon Beason re-aggravated the foot injury that kept him out of training camp and was set to visit Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina later this week. Beason seems poised to miss several weeks of action at this point.