EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — New York Giants rookie offensive lineman Marcus McKethan is expected to miss the 2022 season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the team confirmed Saturday. It was fear after being taken the day before in a scrum at MetLife Stadium.
McKethan was placed on the reserve/injured list, ending his season.
McKethan, a fifth-round pick from North Carolina earlier this year, was working at right tackle with the second team at the time of the injury. He was primarily used as a guard this summer, but the Giants have been short on linemen due to injuries and depth issues.
The 6-foot-7, 335-pound rookie was injured in Friday night’s Fan Fest melee. He collapsed to the ground trying to anchor himself and rolled in pain. Coach Brian Daboll later confirmed it was a leg injury.
The cart arrived on the field almost immediately and McKethan’s teammates all came to wish him well. Daboll too. McKethan was limping on the cart under his own power and had his right leg propped up as he left the field in the locker room.
The Giants’ depth at the offensive line continues to be tested. Reserve right tackle Matt Gono has recurring neck issues that will likely end his playing career, a source told ESPN earlier in the week. As a result, the Giants signed offensive tackle Will Holden on Friday.
McKethan was the 173rd overall pick by the Giants this year. He played 43 games – 37 starts – at UNC. He received an All-ACC honorable mention in each of his final two seasons. The Giants viewed McKethan as depth for the inside of their offensive line this season alongside former Tar Heels teammate Josh Ezeudu, who also played as a second-team guard and tackle for the Giants this summer.