Hankins will miss the rest of this season after suffering a torn pectoral that will require surgery. Hankins' season-ending injury was confirmed Monday, leaving the Giants without their outstanding third-year defensive tackle going forward. With Hankins out, New York's remaining interior defensive lineman are currently Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley and Kenrick Ellis, although fullback Nikita Whitlock has also seen occasional snaps there as well.
Hankins (torn pectoral muscle) is likely out for the year. Hankins was the team's best interior lineman, and his loss could hurt its run defense, though Jason Pierre-Paul's return on the outside will mitigate that somewhat.
Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is poised for a breakout season in his second year, according to the team's website. With Linval Joseph's departure, Hankins will play a lot more and "provide upper-echelon play at defensive tackle down in and down out," the website said. A second-round pick out of Ohio State, Hankins played in 11 games last year, making 16 tackles.
The Giants listed seven players as inactive for the game against the Vikings: running backs David Wilson (neck) and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring), quarterback Ryan Nassib, tight end Adrien Robinson (foot), safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.
With the Giants' defensive line banged up, coach Tom Coughlin hinted Wednesday rookies Damontre Moore and Johnathan Hankins could factor into the rotation Week 5 vs. Philadelphia. "Moore will get an opportunity to contribute," Coughlin said, per The Star-Ledger. "He has done a nice job on special teams (two tackles). He has good energy. Hopefully, we can build on that." Hankins, a second-round pick, has been inactive for the first four games. "I like Hankins' work a week ago (in practice)," Coughlin said. "I thought he was a really difficult guy for us to block from an offensive standpoint. I really felt like Jonathan was ready to contribute and I feel the same way right now. So I'm looking forward to watching him play."