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There’s the good news. Then there’s the bad.
The good? Bennett Jackson’s ankle, the one that got tangled up with wide receiver Corey Washington’s foot in yesterday’s practice, isn’t broken. The bad?
“It’s a significant ankle sprain,” Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin said.
The injury will almost certainly keep Jackson out for Sunday’s preseason contest with the Buffalo Bills. But just how much longer until Jackson can return is up in the air. Since being drafted in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft, Jackson has been thrown into arguably New York’s most competitive position battle. Missing time isn’t exactly ideal.
Barring injury, while starters Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond III have their 53-man roster spots reserved, any available spot behind the big three is up for grabs.
Zack Bowman, Trumaine McBride, Charles James II, Jayron Hosley, Ross Weaver and Jackson are all competing for two-to-three potential spots. The longer Jackson sits out, the more time it gives others to step up.
In Friday’s practice, the first Jackson missed because of his injury, both McBride and James intercepted passes. James filled in for Jackson on special teams.
After practice, the Giants announced the signing of corner Chandler Fenner. Fenner, a third-year pro, spent the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.