A year ago, after breaking his leg in a field injury against the Washington Commanders (September 16, 2021), New York Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates faced the very real threat of losing his leg.
After a 13-month recovery process, Gates is finally healthy enough to be placed on the active roster — now facing the possibility of playing reps for the G-Men on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. On Wednesday, Gates was taken off the PUP (physically unable to perform) list with all eyes on his big debut for Big Blue.
Giants coach says team captain may have suffered career-ending leg injury
Gates, 26, has endured a turbulent and uncertain year. He underwent seven surgeries to repair a fractured fibula and tibia in his left leg.
After dealing with an infection from a rod inserted into his leg, Gates faced the potential of having his leg amputated.
Head coach Brian Daboll spoke with the team on Wednesday and shared his optimism about Gates’ health following his unfortunate injury.
“We’re going to put it out there,” Daboll said. “I think he’s gotten better every day since he’s been there. Looks ready to go. We’ll see where this takes him. Keep competing; whenever his number is called, be ready.”
As Fox News Digital’s Paulina Dedaj reported, Gates spoke about the harrowing journey back to the field after suffering what many called a “career-ending” injury.
“It definitely gets a little lonely,” Gates said. “All the guys in the locker room supported me. They tried to include me as much as they could, but it was a roller coaster of emotions, I’m not going to lie.”
Gates added: “At one point after I had my last surgery, which was number 7, they had to take the rod out because I had an infection in the bone and I put in another rod. I thought I wouldn’t be. able to play this year, at least not halfway through.”
After the Giants waived free agent bust Nate Solder, they rotated several options on the left side of the offensive line. Gates has stepped up to provide stability during a highly vulnerable time for the offense.
Gates was the team captain at the time of his injury, suggesting his role in the offense was a combination of on-field strength and off-field intangibles. He will look to resume his leadership role with the Giants on the rise 6-1.
Former Giant Rich Seubert praised the youngster for staying diligent in his return.
“It’s what we do,” Seubert said of NFL players’ mindset of returning to football after a devastating injury. “We’re hurt, but we’re fighting back on the football field and playing with our teammates. That’s what Nick did and I’m delighted for him.”