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Brandon Jacobs injury: Giants RB had cartilage graft during knee surgery

Jacobs could be on the verge of retirement after undergoing a knee procedure on Thursday.


A surgical procedure on the knee of New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was more expansive than expected. Jacobs, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, had a cartilage graft to repair osteoarthritis in his left knee on Thursday, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

Jacobs played just twice after recording 106 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears in Week 6 and had complained of lingering pain and swelling in the knee over the past several weeks.

The surgery could sound the death knell of Jacobs' nine-year NFL career. At 31-years-old and battling knee problems, it seems unlikely the veteran will get another shot to play.

After spending a wasted season in San Francisco during 2012, Jacobs returned to the place he spent his first seven years in the league when the Giants re-signed him in Week 2 of this season. He was intended to solidify an inexperienced and banged-up running back corps, but injuries limited his impact. He finished 2013 with 238 yards and four touchdowns in seven games.

In eight seasons in New York, Jacobs rushed for 5,087 yards, the fourth-highest total in club history. Known for his pounding running style and 6'4, 260-pound frame, he was especially effective on the goal line, and his 60 rushing touchdowns are the most ever by a Giant.

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