When Giants defensive tackle Jay Alford found out he tore ligaments in his knee two weeks ago, the team held out hope he could still avoid season-ending surgery.
That hope extinguished Friday, when coach Tom Coughlin announced that Alford will miss the rest of the season. The valuable backup suffered a partially torn ACL and the team apparently gave up hope the injury could heal without surgery.
While losing Alford is a blow to the team’s excellent defensive line depth, fellow defensive tackles Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty have been returning to health after training camp injuries.
UPDATE: Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that surgery to repair Alford’s ACL was performed today.