New York Giants offensive tackle Matt Gono ‘likely has a career-ending neck injury’… months after he joined the Falcons team, where he missed the entire 2021 season with the issue
- Matt Gono had neck surgery with the Falcons last year
- He signed this off-season with the Giants and ‘felt good to go into camp’
- But the injury has flared up again, putting his career in doubt
Giants Matt Gono’s offensive tackle looks like he will make time for his career at 26 as a neck injury will “probably” force him to retire early, according to ESPN.
Gono joined the Giants this season from the Falcons, where he played in 21 games but missed the entire 2021 season after undergoing neck surgery.
The injury was reported by ESPN at the time not to finish the season, although the offensive lineman has now been out of action since the 2020 season.
According to ESPN, Gono entered the Giants training camp with a good feeling after joining New York in a $1.2 million one-year deal.
Gono played in 21 games for the Falcons before being cut by the team
This week, however, problems arose for the former undrafted free agent when the Giants started practicing with pads.
Gono “started having symptoms” in his neck and left the team to get medical advice from the doctor who had previously operated on him.
He was placed on the exempt/left roster this week and people close to him are pessimistic about his playing prospects based on the medical supervision he has received.
Gono competed to be the Giants swing tackle, playing behind Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal.
Matt Gono (left) joined the Giants this offseason in a $1.2 million one-year deal
The injury is a blow to an offensive line unit that has struggled in recent years, both protecting QB Daniel Jones and creating jobs in the running game.
The Giants finished only 24th in the league in rushing yards per game in 2021, averaging 99.3 per game.
After Gono’s injury, the team fielded offensive linemen Will Holden, Mitch Hyatt and Kyle Murphy on Thursday.