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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons called on the NFL to ban the low block that left New York Giants rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux with a sprained MCL.
Thibodeaux suffered the injury Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals in a preseason game. He was hit low by tight end Thaddeus Moss as he rushed the passer. Thibodeaux went down but was back on the sideline after he was checked in the locker room. He did not play again for the rest of the game.
“I don’t understand why cutting is still allowed in the NFL!! We grew up like f—ing men! Let’s play ball bro! I hate to see that s— man!” priests tweeted on Sunday evening.
Giants coach Brian Daboll was asked about the block on Monday.
“Those are tough blocks — the blocks that come from across the line of scrimmage inside the tackle box. You’ve got to see it, and then you’ve got to do a great job of trying to make plays with your hands. So. , it’s unfortunate that KT went down. But that’s part of the game,” he said.
Thibodeaux was reported be out 3-4 weeks with the injury. Daboll would not put a timeline on his return.
“I would say it’s really day-to-day,” he said. “I’m not predicting when a player can come back or not come back. I know he’s going to come and get treatment. We’ll take it day by day, and when he’s ready to go out there, that’s when we’ll put him out there.”
Thibodeaux is set to miss some practice time and the final preseason game against the New York Jets.
“There’s value in being out there at practice. You try to simulate it as best you can to get live reps, but as many reps as any of our guys can get — whether it’s a rookie or a veteran — I think that helps them. It helps every unit. KT does everything we’ve asked him to do since he’s been here. He’s been a good teammate,” Daboll said.
“He’s worked extremely hard. So, for sure, you never want to miss a time. He’s got the right attitude. The right approach. He’s going to rehab as hard as he can and be ready to go when he’s ready to go.”
Thibodeaux was the No. 5 overall pick by the Giants in April. In 10 games during his final season with Oregon, he had 49 total tackles, including 12 for loss and seven sacks. He was a consensus All-American in 2021 and the 2019 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.