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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Steve Weatherford has high ankle sprain

By on 9/09/2014 02:40:00 PM

The New York Giants may be looking for a new punter after nine-year veteran Steve Weatherford went down last night in their 35-14 loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.  According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Weatherford had a walking boot on his left foot in the locker room following the game and said he had suffered a high ankle sprain. 

Weatherford reportedly suffered the ankle sprain when he was roughed on a punt late in the first quarter Monday night.  Tom Rock from Newsday posted his status on Twitter after the game:

Weatherford, who had a punt partially blocked earlier in the quarter, was hit by Detroit's Jerome Couplin and his left foot twisted awkwardly underneath himself.  He continued to punt and to hold for placekicker Josh Brown, but was in obvious discomfort throughout the remainder of the game.
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The 31 year-old punter has a career 599 punts for 26,559 yards, averaging 44.3 yards for punts.  Weatherford has played for five different franchises throughout his career, but has called the New York Giants home since 2011.

Unfortunately for Weatherford and the Giants, it was his ankle that he plants with, and can be highly problematic for any punter. The injury could force the Giants to find a temporary replacement for the next few weeks.

Late last night Weatherford took to social media and his personal Twitter account to express gratitude from his fans:
The Giants have not yet released the results of his tests nor have spoken on a possible replacement for the injured punter.  New York has their home opener this Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals and a decision is expected by Wednesday at the latest.

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