Sep 26, 2021; E. Rutherford, N.J., USA;  New York Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez (54) lays on the field after being injured in a play against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Giants LB Blake Martinez exits with knee injury

New York Giants linebacker Blake Martinez exited Sunday’s game against the visiting Atlanta Falcons with a knee injury.

He was injured on Atlanta’s first drive when he missed an attempted tackle on Falcons wide receiver/running back Cordarrelle Patterson near midfield. He fell to the turf and was attended to by a trainer before heading to the sidelines.

After the Giants took a 3-0 lead on Graham Gano’s 25-yard field goal with 7:01 remaining, the team announced that Martinez was out for the rest of the game.

Martinez, 27, entered Sunday with 21 tackles. He recorded 151 tackles in 2020 in his first season with the Giants, who signed him to a three-year, $30 million contract in March 2020 after he spent his first four seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton also left the game in the first half, both with hamstring injuries. Both were ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

Shepard was injured in the second quarter and was visibly frustrated on the sidelines when FOX’s television cameras focused on him. He gingerly headed back to the locker room and was holding his hamstring.

Shepard, 28, caught two passes for 16 yards before the injury. He has 18 receptions for 223 yards and a touchdown this season.

Slayton, 24, caught his only target for 8 yards against Atlanta, increasing his season totals to seven receptions for 127 yards and one touchdown.

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