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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur relieved as the results of DeAndre Baker’s MRI show no major damage.

On Sunday, the New York Giants began to hold their breath, as their rookie cornerback began to hold his leg. DeAndre Baker felt something in his knee, which forced him to leave practice during the warmup period. Baker thus went for an MRI.

However, the team let out a sigh of relief when the tests came back, showing no major damage. It’s essentially just an ACL sprain, as the team will now evaluate Baker on a day-to-day basis.

“It’s a big relief, certainly,” head coach Pat Shurmur said this week, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

If the injury was major, such as a torn ACL, it would be a huge blow for the Giants. Big Blue selected Baker in the first round (No. 30 overall) of this year’s draft. He’s expected to be one of the starting cornerbacks alongside veteran Janoris Jenkins, who’s going into his fourth year with the Giants.

Baker started the first preseason game for the Giants, recording one tackle against the New York Jets. The Giants ultimately won the game 31-22.

In his final year at the University of Georgia (12 games), Baker racked up 40 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, and nine passes defended. He won the Jim Thorpe Award, having been recognized as the top defensive back in the nation.

The Giants will host the Chicago Bears in their second preseason game at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.

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