Yet another Giants starter is lost for the season, now that Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has decided to undergo ankle surgery. He will be placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, with the Giants signing DT Khyri Thornton to take his place on the roster.
Jenkins will be the 18th player on the Giants' IR list, and that doesn't include several others who were eventually released from injured reserve. He joins a slew of key players, including receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris, linebackers Mark Herzlich, J.T. Thomas, and Keenan Robinson, center Weston Richburg, and guard D.J. Fluker.
He will also be the fifth player placed on IR this week.
Jenkins injured his ankle during the Giants' Thanksgiving night loss in Washington, at the tail end of his 53-yard interception return for a touchdown. The next day, Ben McAdoo said it was possible Jenkins would be out long term. A few days later, ESPN reported Jenkins had been playing with "a debilitating ankle injury" for two months -- though he only missed one game (in Week 2) and hadn't been on the injury report since Week 6.
The only other game he missed was against the Rams on Nov. 5 when he was suspended for returning late from the team's bye week and not calling his coaches to explain where he was and why he wouldn't be on time. The next week, in San Francisco, Jenkins was roundly criticized for his effort in a loss to the 49ers when at times it looked like he wasn't playing hard.
The 29-year-old Jenkins does have three years left on the five-year, $62.5 million contract he signed with the Giants prior to the 2016 season. However, he does not have any more guaranteed money left on the deal, which opens the possibility that he could be released in the offseason. Jenkins is due $10.9 million next season and carries a cap number of $13 million.
The Giants could cut him and save between $7 million and $11 million of that against the cap, depending on whether or not he's designated as a post-June 1 cut.