Well, that was short-lived. It has been reported by the New York Daily News that New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was placed on season-ending IR on Tuesday night — the 31-year old running back missed five of the last seven games due to a knee injury.
This injury ends his season a few weeks early, but due to his knee, his age, and the wear and tear he has endured in his career, does this injury also mean the end of his career?
After spending the first six years of his NFL career with the Giants — Jacobs gained 5,087 yards (fourth-most in Giants history) and is the franchise leader with 60 rushing touchdowns — he was released and spent a tumultuous 2012 season in San Francisco, where he was eventually released. His career seemed to be finished, until it wasn’t.
The Giants came calling, and the 31-year old was back with his old team in Week 2 after Andre Brown went down with a leg injury. In his only start of the season against the Chicago Bears, Jacobs rushed for 106 yards (238 yards on the season, good for 4.1 yards per carry); the bruising back of old was back, but then he wasn’t — Jacobs dealt with hamstring and knee issues the whole season.
Last week, Jacobs admitted he was frustrated by the knee injury, but expressed his appreciation that the Giants gave him another chance. If this injury does mean the end of his career, at least it ended him playing his last game with the team that drafted him.