Giants Lose Sintim, Smith For Season

The New York Giants announced that linebacker Clint Sintim has been placed on injured reserve and confirmed that wide receiver Steve Smith has been lost for the season.

A Pro Bowler in 2009, Smith returned from a torn pectoral muscle to play on Monday night. Smith caught one pass for 12 yards, but sustained "an articular cartilage injury to his (left) knee", which was revealed during an MRI and will require season-ending surgery.

Smith has caught 220 passes for 2,386 yards and 11 touchdowns since being chosen with the 51st overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft out of USC. Smith is in the final year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, provided a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.

Sintim tore an ACL while covering a second quarter punt during the Giants' 21-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night in Ford Field in Detroit.

A second-round pick (45th overall) out of Virginia in 2009, Sintim has started one of his 24 games in the NFL, totaling 33 tackles and 1 quarterback sack. Nine of Sintim's 13 tackles this season have come on special teams.

Linebacker Alex Hall, who had 7 tackles for the Giants during the 2010 pre-season, has been signed to replace Sintim on the 53-man roster.

The Giants also terminated the practice squad contract of defensive tackle Joe Joseph, and have signed linebacker Kenny Ingram to the practice squad.

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