Giants LB B.J. Goodson is out for the team's home opener against the Lions due to a shin injury, confirms SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.
Goodson, who had a great season opener against the Cowboys, was a surprise to see listed as questionable on the team's injury report Saturday. However, head coach Ben McAdoo said it is an injury that occurred Friday at practice.
"It's something that's been bothering him over the last couple of days," McAddo told NJ.com's James Kratch.
"It happened yesterday. He got sore as practice went along, so we pulled him out."
Goodson recorded a team-high 18 tackles in the 19-3 loss to the Cowboys last week.
With Goodson out, undrafted rookie LB Calvin Munson is expected to start in his place, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan. The 6-foot linebacker out of San Diego State only saw time on special teams last week, but was a strong player in preseason.
The Giants are also expected to promote LB Curtis Grant from the practice squad, however, it has not been made official.
Other than Goodson, the Giants are also missing LB Keenan Robinson Monday night as he is out with a concussion for the second straight week.
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This one hurts. If the defense had any bright spot last week against the Cowboys, it was B.J. Goodson and his 18 tackles. He was all over the field, and said that performance is what he brings to the table every night.
Munson may be expected to start, but I wouldn't expect him to be on the field most of the game. The Giants can work with J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas in different looks. It would be better than throwing Munson in the fire on Monday night for his first start, and ask him to match Goodson's performance last week.
But this is yet another bad break for the Giants. They are now without their best linebacker, could be without their best cornerback (Janoris Jenkins), and then there's whether or not their best receiver (you already know who he is) will be able to play tonight.
Looks like the G-Men will be battling through adversity from the start tonight.