Martinez (knee) is hopeful to be back by August, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Martinez tore his ACL in a Week 3 game against Atlanta, and an August return would put him around 10 months into his recovery. When healthy, he's served as a key piece in the middle of the Giants defense, topping 140 tackles in each of the four campaigns prior to 2021. Martinez should return to a prominent role in 2022 if he proves fully healthy.
Martinez has been placed on the Giants' injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in New York's Week 3 loss to the Falcons, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Martinez is expected to miss the remainder of the year, as he will likely undergo season-ending surgery. With the linebacker now on the injured reserve, the Giants will have more flexibility to bring in potential support to fill Martinez's role. Expect Reggie Ragland to take over Martinez's starting spot as the Giants' right insider linebacker.
Martinez sustained an ACL tear in his left knee during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Falcons and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The Giants have yet to officially confirm the injury, but Martinez will more than likely undergo surgery in the coming days and turn his focus toward getting healthy for the start of the 2022 campaign. After inking a three-year, $30.75 million deal last offseason, Martinez racked up 151 stops, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception while playing all 16 games in 2020 with the Giants. He was off to another strong start in 2021 with 23 tackles in three contests, but the knee injury will deny him a chance at a fifth straight season with 140-plus tackles.
Martinez isn't on the injury report for Sunday's season opener against Denver. Martinez spent time on the COVID-19 list at the start of training camp and later missed a few practices with a non-COVID illness. It's likely a nonissue at this point, as he's been back at practice for a few weeks now and should be comfortable with the scheme/playcalls in his second year under defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. With four consecutive 140-tackles seasons to his name, Martinez is as safe as it gets for IDP value.
The Giants activated Martinez (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Martinez spent roughly a week going through the league's COVID protocols, but he's now been cleared to join teammates at training camp. New York's top inside linebacker will have plenty of time to get ready for the start of the 2021 season.
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