The Giants’ wide receiver depth took a huge hit during the team’s first practice of training camp Thursday as Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2019 season, the team announced Friday.
Injury Update: Wide Receiver Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL during Thursday’s practice. pic.twitter.com/pupT46j1wa
— New York Giants (@Giants) July 26, 2019
The injury is the latest setback in Coleman’s career as the first-round pick out of the 2016 draft has yet to become the dynamic player that many expected he would develop into when he entered the league.
After playing two seasons with the Browns, Coleman had brief stints with the Bills and Patriots last year before signing with the Giants’ practice squad last October. He was quickly promoted to the active roster, playing eight games with one start. Throughout his NFL career, he’s had 61 catches for 789 yards and five touchdowns.
Coleman’s injury came on the same day that Sterling Shepard, the Giants’ top receiver, broke his left thumb. Coach Pat Shurmur, however, isn’t too concerned about Shepard’s injury as he told reporters Friday that surgery will not be required, adding, Shepard will “be back soon.”
Both Coleman and Shepard’s injuries leave questions for the Giants’ depth at wide receiver after trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. New York still has veteran wideouts Golden Tate, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler that could help fill the void.
Coleman’s injury could also give rookie Darius Slayton more opportunity to play, though he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury to start training camp.