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Giants fear Larry Donnell’s neck injury could be career ending

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When Giants tight end Larry Donnell suffered a neck injury in Week 8, it looked like something that would only keep him out for a couple games. It didn’t work that way, as Donnell ended up missing the rest of the season — and it may have ended his career at the age of 27.

The New York Post reports that there is concern that Donnell could be facing retirement as he still hasn’t been cleared to return.

When asked about Donnell at the Combine, Giants G.M. Jerry Reese ominously could not say for sure that he’ll be able to play again.

“Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to play,’’ Reese said. “We’re expecting him to be back, but necks can be tricky. We’ll have to wait and see where that goes.”

Donnell had a strong season in 2014, catching 63 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns, and he started the first eight games of 2015. Now he’s a restricted free agent, and he doesn’t know if he’ll play again.

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18 Responses to “Giants fear Larry Donnell’s neck injury could be career ending”
  1. floratiotime says: Feb 27, 2016 6:20 AM

    He has an uncanny ability to land on his head. No one was surprised when he hurt his neck.

  2. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 27, 2016 6:28 AM

    Call the Guyer clinic

  3. bathroombenlovemachine says: Feb 27, 2016 7:01 AM

    He feared playing against the vaunted Eagles defense.

  4. wensink18 says: Feb 27, 2016 7:06 AM

    He should just take some of that stuff that was repeatedly shipped to Payton Maninng’s wife, but that Manning didnt take, after he had his neck injury. Manning had a great year after not taking any of that stuff, and he had a devastating injury.

  5. bathroombenlovemachine says: Feb 27, 2016 7:22 AM

    At least he can still beat JPP in a game of Madden 2016

  6. huh6016 says: Feb 27, 2016 7:40 AM

    rub some dirt on it, it’ll be fine

  7. koolaidcircusbeast says: Feb 27, 2016 7:45 AM

    New York hasn’t been a good place of recent for a tight end’s health whether dressed in blue or green.

  8. 700levelvet says: Feb 27, 2016 8:07 AM

    The NY post reports??? Since when…

  9. celticsforever says: Feb 27, 2016 8:16 AM

    Load up on HGH. It worked for Manning.

  10. anilpmathews says: Feb 27, 2016 8:27 AM

    Another reminder why players should hold out whenever they see fit. Guy played on his contract year, and now his care might be over.

  11. vikingforlife says: Feb 27, 2016 8:43 AM

    That is horrific, and the comments above are unbelievably cruel.

  12. bigbluplates says: Feb 27, 2016 9:03 AM

    Never seen a player land so often after being tackled on his head and fumble..

  13. gobs56 says: Feb 27, 2016 9:13 AM

    Eli call Peyton get Larry the HGH neck treatment program, please just don’t order that crap to your house in your wife’s name. Shoot send it to me Larry can come pick it up anytime.

    Signed
    Your fall guy

  14. jag1959 says: Feb 27, 2016 9:50 AM

    Eli obviously had a comfort level with him, hopefully he recovers and is able to continue to play at a high level.

  15. smokehouse56 says: Feb 27, 2016 11:02 AM

    Wish him the best of luck.

  16. winkingbrowneye says: Feb 27, 2016 12:02 PM

    This monkey would always do somersaults after catching the ball, no wonder!

  17. doggeatdogg says: Feb 27, 2016 12:22 PM

    27. I hate it when young pros forced into retirement due to injury but health first.

  18. roadtrip3500 says: Feb 28, 2016 2:34 PM

    Just ask David Wilson – walk away clean and do something else with life that doesn’t involve constant collisions with other people.

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