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Getty Images Matt Gono lines up in the first quarters during a 2019 preseason game.

Last summer, before the 2021 preseason began, the New York Giants had a case of surprising retirements. There was a point when three veterans retired in four days. Offensive lineman Zach Fulton and Joe Looney and linebacker Todd Davis called it quits just days into their tenures.

Joe Judge and Dave Gettleman are no longer with the franchise and the distractions have simmered down in 2022. There’s a new feeling in the air with new head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen.

Unfortunately, the Giants have received terrible news. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, offensive tackle Matt Gono is expected to retire due to a neck injury that he started experiencing this week.  New York placed Gono on the exempt/left squad list on August 2, which is a list that is used for players contemplating retirement and opens up a roster spot to be used without cutting the player.

Giants OT Matt Gano likely has career-ending neck injury, per source. Felt good early @ camp but started feeling symptoms in neck (which needed surgery last yr) when hitting started this week. Gono left team to see doctor who performed surgery. Hence exempt/left squad designation

— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 4, 2022

While not at the magnitude of Gano’s, the Giants also lost fourth-round rookie safety Dane Belton to a collarbone injury. He’s expected to miss the preseason.

The Giants haven’t officially announced Gono’s situation, but it’s only a matter of time.

Gano’s Career

Signing with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2019, Gono appeared in 21 games between 2019 and 2020. He had four starts during that span.

The New Jersey native would be released by the Falcons in January after missing the entire 2021 season due to a neck injury.

The Giants signed Gono after being cut by the Falcons in January. There was hope that he could contribute as a depth piece/swing tackle for the Giants. He posted a career-high 336 snaps in 2020, with 232 of them coming at right tackle, 68 at left guard, nine at left tackle and 27 as a jumbo tight end. During the 2020 season, Gono allowed one sack, five quarterback hits and 16 pressures.

Now, Gono’s departure left the Giants with one open spot on their 90-man roster.

New York didn’t waste time because according to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Giants claimed safety Nate Meadors off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Questionable Depth at Tackle

The Giants have starting offensive tackles for the present and future in 2021 first-round pick Andrew Thomas and 2022 first-round pick Evan Neal.

However, the depth at tackle took a hit with the Giants potentially losing Gono.

Rookie third-round pick Joshua Ezeudu will be the option to step up if Neal or Thomas go down. He’s been working at both tackle positions during training camp. The rest of the tackle depth consists of Matt Peart (currently on Physically Unable to Perform List), Devery Hamilton, Marcus McKethan and Roy Mbaeteka.

It’s not ideal to have a third-round pick tackle to have major responsibilities. The Giants can investigate the free agent market. But with not many quality options available in free agency, the Giants could take a look at the trade market for any available swing tackles.

An option could be Chicago Bears tackle Teven Jenkins as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday that the Chicago Bears have been receiving trade inquiries about the 2021 second-round pick.

The Bears haven’t deemed Jenkins available, but the 24-year-old was seen working as the 2nd-team right tackle during minicamps, which sparked questions about his role.

NJ.com’s Art Stapleton presented a connection with Jenkins and general manager Schoen, who was a part of the Bills’ front office that met with the prospect heading into the 2021 draft.

The Bills met with Jenkins in the lead-up to the 2021 NFL Draft! (Your turn).

— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 3, 2022

The Bears and Giants also have a recent history of striking a deal. The Bears traded a 2022 first-round pick to the Giants to land quarterback Justin Fields.

If Jenkins were to be available, the Giants would definitely be in the fold.

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Timeline for Final Decision on Bills Stars Injury Status Revealed: Report

Getty Von Miller #40 of the Buffalo Bills looks on during Bills training camp at Saint John Fisher University on July 24, 2022 in Pittsford, New York.

The Buffalo Bills (7-3) appear to be back on track after defeating the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, their second consecutive win at Ford Field in five days, but the primetime victory, which put them back atop the AFC East, also took out one of the most important players, edge rusher Von Miller.

On November 24, Miller suffered a knee injury after getting stepped on by Lions center Frank Ragnow on his way to tackle quarterback Jard Goff with 2:44 left in the second quarter, was carted off the field and ruled out for the rest of the game. Miller injured the same knee back in 2013, during which he tore his ACL.

After undergoing tests on Friday, November 25, it was revealed that Miller did not tear his ACL, per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, but he’s “considered out indefinitely” until the team gathers more information. An MRI revealed that the 33-year-old veteran suffered a lateral meniscus tear, per NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport, and will be re-evaluated after seven to 10 days.

From NFL Now: #Bills pass-rusher Von Miller sustained a lateral meniscus tear, in his knee putting him in wait-and-see mode. Surgery is likely, but it may not be until after the season. pic.twitter.com/WvLQNULfvs

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2022

Bills head coach Sean McDermott has already ruled Miller out for their upcoming matchup against the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football in Week 13, but whether the eight-time Pro Bowler will be able to return to play at all this season remains to be seen.

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On Saturday, November 26, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler revealed an updated timeline for when the Bills will learn the fate of their $120 million defensive star. “Miller is going to wait about a week, see how injury feels, then hopes to play with a brace, which he’s done before and is comfortable with,” WGR 550‘s Sal Capaccio tweeted. “However it might not be possible, and could still have to have surgery, ending season.”

Rapoport reported that Miller will definitely require surgery, but the big question is whether or not the Super Bowl 50 MVP can wait until after the season ends. The Bills will have a definite definitive answer within the next two weeks.

The Bills are Evaluating ‘Multiple Second Opinions’ Amid ‘Other Damage’ to Miller’s Knee

Von Miller had to be carted off after suffering an apparent leg injury

Prayers up ????

(via @CBSSports)pic.twitter.com/C8wfbjAMGz

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 24, 2022

The waiting game regarding Miller’s status is going to be stressful for all of Bills Mafia, especially since CBS Sports‘ Josina Anderson reported that “there’s other damage” to his knee that’s cause for concern, and will be evaluated for multiple second opinions before making a final decision on the 2022 NFL season. “I’m told Miller is in no rush to decide,” Anderson tweeted.

Pro Football Doc David J. Chao believes Miller should be able to return since he did not tear his ACL. “Will take this ‘good news,'” Chao tweeted. With a lateral meniscus tear, “expect a scope with recovery for late season/playoff return.”

Banged Up Bills reported that Miller only missing two to four games “could be considered realistic,” without knowing the size of the tear, or how his knee responds to rest and rehab, an exact prognosis remains unclear.

Miller, who’s yet to miss a game this season, has recorded 18 solo tackles and a forced fumble.

Miller’s Coach & Teammates React to Miller Being Out

Coach McDermott: Von Miller will not play this week against the Patriots. #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/sy400t0Z9i

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) November 25, 2022

Losing Miller, who leads the team in sacks (8), pressure percentage (14.6%), and pass rush win rate (23.7%), for any amount of time is a huge blow for the Bills’ defense. “He’s a future Hall of Famer for a reason,” McDermott said on Friday. “That said, we’ve got to move forward this week. And the person or the people responsible to step in and step up have got to do the job, and that’s the way it goes.”

Miller’s teammates have the same mentality. “Next man up,” defensive end Shaq Lawson said after Thursday’s game. “I mean, shoot, everybody put their socks and drawers on too. So, I mean, nobody really blinked, like we just had the next man up. I was just ready for the moment. I was taking the most of my opportunity.”

“If he misses a couple games or whatever, or if he’s playing next week, I just hope he’s still around,” defensive tackle Ed Oliver said. “I hope he’s still leading us from the sidelines. You got a guy like that — it don’t matter whether he playing, watching or coaching, it don’t matter — just having his presence, having his positive energy, the way he carry himself, like the messages that he portray to us. And just having a guy like that around is infectious.”

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