EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — New York Giants offensive tackle Matt Gono likely has a career-ending neck injury, a source told ESPN on Thursday.
Gono, 26, underwent neck surgery last year with the Atlanta Falcons. He missed the entire 2021 season, but signed with the Giants this offseason and felt great coming into camp.
But problems started to surface this week when the Giants had their first fully padded practice. Gono began to experience neck symptoms and left the team to see the doctor who performed the operation. The appointment left those close to the attacking tackle believing his days as a footballer were probably over.
The Giants used an exempt/left team designation earlier this week on the fifth-year player. Gono will undergo further tests and evaluations when he returns to the team facility on Friday.
Gono had a chance to be New York’s swing tackle this season behind first-round picks Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal. He spent the spring and early training camp as a second-team right tackle.
His absence leaves the Giants short of position. As a result, rookie offensive lineman Josh Ezeudu moved in to tackle parts of Wednesday’s practice.
New York also worked on offensive lineman Will Holden, Mitch Hyatt and Kyle Murphy on Thursday.
Gono signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Giants this offseason after the Falcons cut him in January. He had $100,000 of his base salary guaranteed at signing.
The undrafted free agent from Wesley College has played in 21 career games, with four starts, during his time with the Falcons.