According to reports, the New York Giants will be without rookie Sam Beal this season, losing him as veterans report to camp.
The injury bug reported early to training camp for the New York Giants.
Before he could officially suit up in a Giants practice, rookie cornerback Sam Beal has been ruled out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini was the first to report it.
Giants cornerback Sam Beal who was chosen in the supplemental draft is out for the year with a shoulder injury per source. Big hit for this Giants defense.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) July 25, 2018
Making the situation all the more bizarre is the fact that while Beal was injured during a rookies practice yesterday.
According to NFL’s Network’s Albert Breer, the cornerback was partaking in Wednesday drills. Rookies again practiced as veterans reported.
Supplemental pick Sam Beal getting a little work in during install period. #Giants pic.twitter.com/ogeMWljI81
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) July 25, 2018
Beal, a Western Michigan alum, was chosen in the third round of the supplemental draft on July 16, meaning the Giants will forgo their third-round selection in next spring’s traditional draft.
Some early 2019 mock drafts had him going in the first round, and he had earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors going into Western Michigan’s season, which will open on Aug. 31 at home against Syracuse.
He was Second Team All-MAC at the end of last season, which featured Beal intercepting USC quarterback and future New York Jets first-round pick Sam Darnold in the teams’ early September matchup in Los Angeles.
In addition to two interceptions, Beal ended his career in his Kalamazoo with 92 total tackles and 19 pass deflections.
The Giants, who are considered a dark horse NFC contender by many, are hoping this isn’t a trend that carries over from their disastrous 2017 season. One of the many factors behind a 3-13 record, the highest loss tally in franchise history, was the fact that over 20 players ended the season on injured reserve, forcing the team to call upon free agent help, both of the undrafted and veteran variety.
Top cornerback Janoris Jenkins was among those lost with ailments, suffering an injury while returning an interception back for a touchdown in a Thanksgiving night loss in Washington.