Safety Xavier McKinney has suffered a fracture to his left foot. LB David Mayo has a torn meniscus in his left knee.
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 26, 2020
The team says McKinney is set to have surgery today while Mayo will have surgery tomorrow.
This is a big loss to the Giants as both players were likely starters and major role players at the very least.
Mike Garafolo says McKinney broke his fifth metatarsal which is in the same area as the Jones fracture. Ian Rapoport notes that could mean a 10-week recovery and a potential return later in the season for McKinney.
Both players are likely to land on injured reserve to start the season at least.
McKinney, 21, was a two-year starter at Alabama and earned second-team All-American honors last season. The Giants selected him with No. 36 overall pick in this year’s draft.
McKinney is projected to sign a four-year, $8,391,049 rookie contract that includes a $3,662,581 signing bonus.
During his three-year career at Alabam, McKinney recorded 175 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six sacks, five interceptions, 15 pass defenses, one fumble recovery, six forced fumbles, and scored two defensive touchdowns.
Mayo, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2015. He played out the final year of his four-year rookie contract with the Panthers and signed with the 49ers in free agency.
San Francisco released Mayo during final roster cuts coming out of the preseason last season and he later signed on with the Giants. He signed a three-year, $8.4 million extension this offseason.
In 2019, Mayo appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and recorded 82 tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 linebacker out of 89 qualifying players.