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Giants’ Rod Smith picks up groin injury vs. Bengals

Rod Smith, Giants

The New York Giants remained unbeaten in the preseason with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, running back Rod Smith suffered a setback.

Smith was forced to leave the game after being tackled during the first half. According to Dan Salomone of the team’s official website, he suffered a groin injury on the play:

Injury update: RB Rod Smith (groin) is out for the remainder of the game.

Smith had been putting together a solid outing before the injury occurred. He had even rushed for eight yards and a touchdown on five carries until he was forced to exit the game.

Although the severity of the injury still has yet to be determined, the timing is hardly ideal for Smith. He had been in the midst of etching out a role in a crowded backfield this offseason. Unfortunately, his injury will make way for running backs Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, and Jonathan Hilliman to see more opportunities in the final preseason game.

After spending the bulk of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, Smith signed with the NFC East rival Giants this offseason with the hope of serving as a complementary option to running back Saquon Barkley. He has enjoyed productive outings in the backfield and on special teams throughout training camp and the preseason.

While there has not been talk about Smith potentially being in danger of not making the final cut, he will need to solidify that notion by returning to the field as soon as possible.