New York places S Jabrill Peppers on the injured reserve
Jabrill Peppers’ season is over. On Saturday, the New York Giants officially placed the third-year safety on the injured reserve with a fractured vertebra.
Peppers suffered the injury in a loss to the Chicago Bears. He did not play against the Green Bay Packers. Nonetheless, Giants coach Pat Shurmur thought he could play through the injury before the Giants’ loss to the Packers.
“My understanding, his too, in terms of the evaluation of it, as I knew yesterday he had a sore back. I guess he can return, it’s kind of relative to pain tolerance,” Shurmur told reporters during a conference call, via The Giants Wire. “We don’t practice until Wednesday, so we’ll just have to see what the week brings.”
Specifically, Peppers suffered a transverse process fracture. If surgery is not needed, there will be six-week recovery time. Of course, if he were to go under the knife, he would be missing much more time. Peppers was hoping that he could “tough through” the injury.
“I’m tough, man,” Peppers told reporters after the loss to Chicago, via The Giants Wire. “I just hope it’s something that I can tough through.”
The Giants acquired Peppers in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, in which they send Odell Beckham Jr. to Ohio. The former Michigan Wolverine has acted as a standout in their defense. In 11 games played, he tallied 76 combined tackles, three forced fumbles, an interception and five pass deflections.
To round out the Giants’ safety depth chart is Julian Love, Michael Thomas and Sean Chander, who they promoted from the practice squad on Saturday.