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, had neck surgery last year with the Atlanta Falcons. He missed all of 2021. season, but signed with the Giants this offseason and felt good coming into camp.
But the problems started this week when the Giants had their first fully padded practice. Gono started experiencing symptoms in his neck and left the team to consult with the doctor who performed the surgery. The appointment led those close to the attack to believe his football days were likely over.
Earlier this week, the Giants placed the fifth-year player on waivers/left tackle. Gono will undergo further tests and evaluations after returning to the team’s facility on Friday.
His absence leaves the Giants shorthanded. Rookie offensive player Josh Ezeudu therefore moved to parts of Wednesday’s practice.
Gono signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal this offseason. $ contract with the Giants when the Falcons cut him in January. He was guaranteed a $100,000 base salary when he signed.
The undrafted free agent out of Wesley College has played in 21 career games and started four times during his time with the Falcons.