New York Giants reserve safety Cooper Taylor suffered a serious toe injury in Saturday’s preseason game against the Colts and could be out for a long time.
Taylor was on crutches after the game and Tom Coughlin, as reported by ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano, said that the injury was to a sesamoid bone on Taylor’s left foot.
For Taylor, a fifth-round draft pick in 2013, the injury could not have come at a worse time. The second-year safety out of Richmond had been showing real signs of improvement this offseason, getting time as a backup safety and on special teams as well.
Also, the offseason release of Will Hill left New York stretched thin in the back of the secondary. Beyond starters Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown, the Giants have Taylor, Quintin Demps and rookie Nat Berhe.
Taylor had a golden opportunity to secure a second-string position and maybe even work his way into the lineup as a situation player. He also would have been a potential starter if Rolle or Brown was forced to miss time.
Now, Taylor’s roster spot on the team could be in jeopardy. New York may look to place him on the injured reserve and free up a roster spot that the team can use at another position. We still don’t know exactly how serious the injury is but all signs are pointing south for now.