Goodson appeared to suffer a shoulder stinger during the third quarter of Monday's tilt against the Giants, and walked off the field. If Goodson is unable to return, expect Nathan Stupar to slot into the starting lineup.
Goodson recorded eight tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for a loss during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Redskins.
Goodson led the G-Men in tackles during the team's Week 8 loss, and logged his highest tackle total of the season. The third-year pro will look to log another strong performance against the 49ers after New York's bye week.
The Giants likely plan on starting Goodson (ankle) and Alec Ogletree at inside linebacker as they transition to more 3-4 looks under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, Paul Schwartz of The New York Post reports.
Goodson dealt with shin and ankle injuries throughout 2017, eventually landing on injured reserve ahead of the season finale. He finished with 53 tackles and a forced fumble in seven games, despite logging only 374 defensive snaps (53.4 per contest). The Giants traded for Ogletree to stabilize a linebacking corps that's long been problematic, but it doesn't seem the new acquisition will put Goodson out of a starting job. It is possible Goodson will be limited to a two-down role, as Ogletree figures to stay on the field for all three downs. There's also some chance the situation will need to be revisited after the NFL Draft.
Goodson has been dealing with persistent lower-body injuries throughout the season, missing eight games and playing only 75 percent or more snaps in three of the seven contests in which he's suited up. The 2-13 Giants won't ask Goodson to play through the pain in a meaningless season finale, so the middle linebacker will turn his focus to getting healthy heading into the team's offseason program. Goodson wraps up the 2017 campaign with 53 tackles (37 solo), two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
|12||11/25/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|2016||New York Giants||15||9||5.0||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Giants||7||53||37.0||16||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2018||New York Giants||9||33||22.0||11||0.5||2||8||4.0||5||0||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New York Giants||15||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Giants||7||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New York Giants||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|