There was fear on Sunday that Giants rookie LB Ryan Connelly had torn his ACL, and an MRI has confirmed those fears.
Connelly, who had been performing well this season, is now lost for the year.
Heading into Week 4 against the Redskins, the Giants were already thin at the linebacker position. Alec Ogletree (hamstring strain) and Tae Davis (concussion) -- the team's first stringers -- were both out. But Connelly was ready for the opportunity to wear the defensive headset and get the start.
Connelly was making the best of that opportunity with yet another interception on a deflected ball by Janoris Jenkins -- his second in two weeks. He also recorded a sack to go along with his five combined tackles.
However, it wasn't the ending Connelly was hoping for in his first start.
The Wisconsin product had to be carted off the field after suffering his knee injury. A source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano during the game that the team had feared the injury was a torn ACL.
The Giants are now down three of their linebackers heading into the beginning of Week 5.
It may be too early to start thinking about next week just hours after the win, but that's the harsh reality the Giants face as they may need to make some roster moves to bring in some replacements. Hopefully both Ogletree and Davis can recover in time for the Vikings matchup.