Report: Larry Donnell facing early retirement from NFL
Neck injuries are nothing to take lightly, and the New York Giants know more than most. They have had their fair share recently, for example–the premature retirements of linebacker Antonio Pierce and running back David Wilson. Now, there is concern that tight end Larry Donnell could be facing a similar fate.
Donnell missed the final eight games last season dealing with a neck issue. He insisted he felt no pain, but his MRI exam did not come back clean.
On Thursday, general manager Jerry Reese said, ominously, Donnell has not yet received medical clearance to return to football activities.
“Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to play,’’ Reese said. “We’re expecting him to be back, but necks can be tricky. We’ll have to wait and see where that goes.
Larry Donnell did not miss a game his first two years, breaking through with a 63-reception season in 2014. Undrafted out of Grambling State, Donnell has experienced problems with ball security, but he is a huge target at 6-foot-6 and has eight touchdown catches in his last 24 games.
If he cannot continue his career, the Giants have a hole to fill at tight end, although GM Jerry Reese likes who he has on his roster. “We have a couple young tight ends on the roster that we like,’’ Reese added, referring to Will Tye and Matt LaCosse.
Here is hoping Donnell can return to the field, because at 27, he still has a lot of football left in him. Good luck on your recovery Larry.