Report: Knee injury could sideline Giants' Smith for season

The New York Giants will forced to endure without wide receiver Steve Smith for a month as his partially torn pectoral muscle healed.

Now, the wide receiver could be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury suffered Monday night at Ford Field in the Giants’ 21-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that it’s believed Smith suffered a tear to the meniscus cartilage. It’s not known how severe the injury is at this point, but the timing isn’t good.

“This does not look good for him at all,” one source told Vacchiano.

Smith’s latest injury comes at a time when it looked like the Giants were healing up. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returned from a leg injury, but now that position is in question again as Mario Manningham had an MRI to determine how severe his hip injury is.

The Giants and Smith said after the game that he had suffered a hamstring injury. Smith, who had a breakout season in 2009, has been angling for a new contract and this could cloud the matter for him depending on the specific nature of the injury.

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