Jabrill Peppers Suffers Transverse Process Fracture; Golden Tate In Concussion Protocol

Alec Gearty
November 25, 2019 - 1:41 pm

Safety Jabrill Peppers and wide receiver Golden Tate didn't come out of the Giants 19-14 loss to Chicago unscathed. 

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Peppers suffered a transverse process fracture in his back while Tate was placed in concussion protocol one day removed from the Giants' elimination from NFC wild-card contention.

Peppers electrified the Giants with his 42-yard punt return during the second quarter on Sunday, but was scheduled for an MRI after he later left in pain. There’s no indication on the amount of time Peppers will miss as a result of the injury, but the fracture typically takes anywhere from one to three weeks to heal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, however, doesn't expect the 24-year-old to be sidelined for the rest of the season, telling reporters that it's a matter of pain tolerance, via The New York Post's Paul Schwartz

Just as Sterling Shepard made his return, the Giants' wide receiver corps took another hit with the loss of Tate. 

Tate, who was cleared after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit earlier in the game, has a concussion and is in protocol, the team announced. He sustained the concussion on a late fourth quarter touchdown. 

Tate's head slammed off of the ground as he made the catch and was slow to get to his feet, celebrating the touchdown on his knees. The 31-year-old wasn't removed from the game, appearing on the Giants' final drive. Tate previously appeared in the protocol following a preseason victory against the Bears.