EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — New York Giants right tackle Evan Neal, tight end Daniel Bellinger and left guard Ben Bredeson are expected to miss time because of injuries they sustained Sunday in the 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Neal is believed to have a Grade 2 MCL sprain based on early tests, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The seventh overall pick in this year’s draft was injured when a Jaguars defender fell on his leg in the second quarter.
Bellinger, another rookie, was hit in the face by a hand of Jaguars rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd, who was trying to knock the ball loose while making a tackle. Bellinger suffered a fracture and a septum around the eye, according to a source.
Coach Brian Daboll was asked Monday afternoon if Bellinger will have surgery.
“Yeah, I think so,” Daboll said.
He added it was probably too early to say if the fourth-round pick would be back this season, but said he remains “hopeful.”
Daboll said he was optimistic that Bellinger’s vision would be fine following the surgery, though he can’t be certain about it at this time.
Bredeson is believed to have said a PCL sprain, a source told ESPN. Daboll called both Neal and Bredeson “week-to-week.”
The Giants (6-1) play this Sunday on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. They have their bye the following week.
Bellinger, Neal and Bredeson have started the first seven games this season.
Tire Phillips at right tackle and rookie Josh Ezeudu at left guard filled in admirably after Neal and Bredeson left in the first half. The Giants ran for 175 yards in the second half.
Bellinger was becoming one of quarterback Daniel Jones’ most reliable options. He has 16 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns this season while playing 61% of the team’s offensive snaps.
New York has just two healthy tight ends on its active roster in Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson. The Giants also signed converted wide receiver Lawrence Cager to their practice squad last week.
“Anytime one of your better players gets injured, you’ll always miss him,” Daboll said. “But that’s why you have players on your roster. People are here for a reason. We’ve said this before: We have to find a way to use our pieces the best way we can. So we have two tight ends, we have a practice squad and we’ll try to do the best job we can of utilizing their strengths.”