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Former Alabama OT Evan Neal to miss three to four weeks with knee injury

Giants' OT Evan Neal (#73) leaves the field after pregame warmups for 2022 game against Titans
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The MRI has returned on Evan Neal’s knee, and it’s not as bad as the New York Giants thought.

Neal suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury in Sunday’s victory for the Giants over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

RELATED: Former Alabama OT Evan Neal suffers knee injury in Giants win over Jaguars

He got selected at No. 7 overall by the Giants in this year’s NFL Draft. Neal, a former All-American offensive tackle, has assisted New York to a 6-1 start on the season. According to Charlotte Carroll of The Athletic, he told beat reporters for the Giants ‘I’ll be alright’ as he walked out of the locker room with a brace on his left knee. Neal was one of the best tackle prospects in the draft.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that Neal will miss three to four weeks.

The good news is that it’s not a season-ending injury for the former first-round pick.

He can make his return to the starting lineup on Thursday, Nov. 24 against the Dallas Cowboys or Sunday, Dec. 4 against the Washington Commanders. Neal helped the Crimson Tide to an undefeated College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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