McBride Is Early Candidate To Fill Hole At Slot Cornerback Against Texans

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yeah, the Giants are in trouble.

Reeling from an 0-2 start that has featured a million miscues on both sides of the ball, Big Blue announced on Monday that slot cornerback Walter Thurmond III suffered a season-ending pectoral tear during the 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Thurmond, who signed with the Giants during the offseason after helping the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl last season, was largely ineffective Sunday before leaving the game. The injury had weakened him to the point where he couldn’t handle his press coverage assignments, Pro Football Talk reported.

The Giants completely revamped their secondary during the offseason, signing Thurmond, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Quintin Demps. Following a rough outing against the Detroit Lions on opening night, the unit performed better against Cardinals backup Drew Stanton, a last-minute replacement for Carson Palmer, holding him to just 167 yards and no touchdowns.

Now the Giants will have to find a replacement for Thurmond. An early favorite could be Trumaine McBride.

In other injury news, the Giants announced that middle linebacker Jon Beason was to have an MRI on an injured toe, and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan was to have his mid-foot sprain evaluated.

New York will try for its first win of the season when it hosts the unbeaten Houston Texans on Sunday.

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