Giants Lineback Goff Suffers Season-Ending Ligament Injury, ESPN Reports

New York Giants lost a sixth defensive player to a season-ending injury as starting middle linebacker Jonathan Goff tore a knee ligament, ESPN said.

Goff was injured in a knee-to-knee collision with a teammate during practice two days ago and tests revealed a tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament, ESPN said, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation.

Goff, 25, was a fifth-round pick of the Giants in the 2008 National Football League draft and started all 16 games for the team last season. Former Giants linebacker Kawika Mitchell may be re-signed to replace Goff, ESPN said.

The Giants already lost linebacker Clint Sintim, defensive tackle Marvin Austin and cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson and Brian Witherspoon to season-ending injuries. The team opens the NFL’s regular season on Sept. 11 against the Washington Redskins.

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