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Giants' Johnathan Hankins to miss rest of season with torn pectoral tendon

Johnathan Hankins #95 of the New York Giants

Johnathan Hankins #95 of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter sack against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Johnathan Hankins' season is over.

The Giants defensive tackle, who has been a cornerstone of the defensive front for the last two years, will be placed on injured reserve this week after suffering a torn pectoral tendon that requires surgery, coach Tom Coughlin said Monday.

"He'll be missed, there's no doubt," he said. "He's a strong, strong player inside and he can be a factor against the pass as well as the run. We'll definitely miss him."

Hankins was injured on the first play of the second quarter in Sunday's game against the Bucs. He reached in and forced a fumble by running back Doug Martin that was recovered by Jasper Brinkley, but Hankins was injured when the pile fell on top of him after he dislodged the ball.

He had been the team's most dependable player at defensive tackle, but the reintroduction of Jason Pierre-Paul to the defensive line should at least give the Giants options for replacing him on their roster.

With Pierre-Paul back, Cullen Jenkins will not have to play defensive end as much and can become a full-time tackle. Same with Kerry Wynn, who has played both tackle and end. Jay Bromley and Markus Kuhn have started at the position at various times this season. And the Giants waived Louis Nix on Saturday; he could be re-signed.

Hankins is the second defensive starter to land on injured reserve in the last few days. On Saturday, the Giants placed defensive captain Jon Beason on the season-ending list with nagging ankle and knee injuries.

"Jon has been an outstanding leader here," Coughlin said Monday in his first comments about the Beason roster move. "He is a man of principle. He is a guy who loves to play and loves to compete. But the inability to really put the injuries to rest and be able to have some kind of an idea when in fact he could play and be able to stay out there, there just weren't any answers to those kinds of things."

The move likely ends Beason's tenure as a player for the Giants. Not so Hankins.

Coughlin did not have a timetable for Hankins' return. Recovery from pectoral surgery can last six months and can be a difficult obstacle for an interior lineman, who relies on upper-body strength to perform his job well. Still, he should be back in time for the 2016 season.

"Hopefully, he'll rehab as fast as possible," Coughlin said. "But he does have time."

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