Giants linebacker T.J. Brunson out for season with torn ACL


Second-year linebacker T.J. Brunson suffered a season-ending torn ACL only a few minutes after forcing a fumble in the Giants’ preseason loss to the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Saturday.

Veteran S Josh Kalu suffered a torn pectoral muscle. QB Clayton Thorson appeared to suffer a head/neck injury on the final offensive play and was undergoing medical exams Sunday. If Thorson is sidelined, the Giants need to act quickly because it is difficult for teams to get through a training camp practice without overtaxing just two quarterbacks.

But it doesn’t sound like Thorson’s spot as No. 3 is in jeopardy if healthy.

“Hopefully it all comes out for the best,” Judge said. “He’s been working hard for us. If there’s an injury at quarterback, we’ll look to bring in an additional player to help us go ahead and function for the remainder of training camp or however long someone’s out.”

Giants linebacker T.J. Brunson just checked on the field during a preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday.

Aside from the kickers, long snappers and punter, LB Cam Brown was the only Giant who played on special teams (13 snaps) but not offense or defense. The 6-foot-5, 233-pounder is abnormally large for a gunner on punts.

“The focus for him was going to be to play special teams,” Judge said. “He did a good job for us. I saw what I needed to see. In terms of defense, we had some other guys we wanted to evaluate who have been doing a good job for us in practice. Him not playing really doesn’t reflect specifically anything on his status defensively.”

LB Blake Martinez was not on the sideline with other rested starters because of a non-football medical issue. He rejoined the team Sunday.

“We just wanted to get him away from our players and just make sure everything is good before having him in the building,” Judge said. “If it was a regular-season game, he would’ve been able to go ahead and tough on through it. We just wanted to make sure he had time to rest.”

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