Report: Kiwanuka could miss remainder of season

The New York Giants acted swiftly on Friday to announce that defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka will not play Sunday night against the Chicago Bears because of a bulging cervical disc in his neck.

It was a stunning development for the reeling Giants (1-2) as Kiwanuka participated in practice for the entire week, including earlier in the day Friday.

According to ESPN New York, Kiwanuka complained of neck stiffness and underwent an MRI on Thursday that did not reveal the injury. After complaining of more discomfort following Friday’s practice, Kiwanuka had a CAT scan and the injury was discovered. All that is known now is that Kiwanuka is out indefinitely, although Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports the team’s top pass rusher to this point could miss two or three months or even the remainder of the season.

The Giants and Kiwanuka are certain to seek more expert opinions on the injury before settling on a course of treatment. He reportedly could receive an injection to calm the disc.

“It's disappointing," Kiwanuka said in a statement the Giants released. "It just feels like a stiff neck. The pain is not intolerable but I want to make sure that I will be OK down the line.”

Without Kiwanuka, the Giants could be forced to rely more on rookie first-round draft pick Jason Pierre-Paul.

"Obviously, Kiwi is a big part of our plans. He's had a very good season. He's very flexible. He's a versatile athlete who can be used in a lot of different ways," coach Tom Coughlin said. "So now we have to regroup and try to figure out how we're going to utilize our personnel for this game."

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