EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — New York Giants offensive tackle Matt Gono likely has a career-ending neck injury, a source told ESPN Thursday.
Gono, 26, underwent neck surgery last year with the Atlanta Falcons. He missed the entire 2021 season, but signed with the Giants this offseason and felt good going into camp.
But the problems began to arise this week when the Giants had their first fully covered practice. Gono began experiencing symptoms in his neck and left the team to consult with the doctor who performed the surgery. That appointment led those close to the offensive tackle to believe that his days as a football player were probably over.
The Giants used an exempt/left team designation earlier this week on the fifth-year player. Gono will undergo further testing and evaluation when he returns to the team facility on Friday.
Gono had a chance to be New York’s swing tackle this season behind first-round picks Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal. He spent the spring and the first part of training camp at right tackle for the second team.
His absence leaves the Giants short at position. As a result, rookie offensive lineman Josh Ezeudu moved to tackle for parts of Wednesday’s practice.
New York also worked out offensive lineman Will Holden, Mitch Hyatt and Kyle Murphy on Thursday.
Gono signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Giants this offseason after the Falcons released him in January. He was guaranteed $100,000 of his base salary at signing.
The undrafted free agent from Wesley College played in 21 career games, with four starts, during his time with the Falcons.