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Brandon Jacobs To Have Knee Surgery And Is Out For Sunday’s Game:

From Ralph Vacchiano:

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been battling knee issues all season long, and after 15 games his knee has apparently had enough.

Tom Coughlin announced today that Jacobs’ disappointing season is officially over and he will undergo arthroscopic surgery next week. Coughlin did not specifically say what the damage was or whether it happened during his six-carry, one-yard performance against the Panthers on Sunday. He also indicated the problem wasn’t discovered until Jacobs was examined yesterday.

According to one source familiar with Jacobs’ injury, he has a partially torn meniscus. He suffered no ligament damage and the injury is not considered major. The ‘scope is being done mostly to clean out the torn cartilage, which they expect would reduce the pain and swelling that has apparently bothered him for months.

“I think Brandon’s always had some issues that he’s had to deal with,” Coughlin said. “He wouldn’t use it as an excuse and I won’t either.”

Clearly something has been wrong with Jacobs for much of this season, though. After two straight years of averaging five yards a carry, the 27-year-old’s average dipped to just 3.7 this year. He rushed 224 times for 835 yards and, remarkably, didn’t have a 100-yard game all season long.

The fact that Jacobs’ slide came months after signing a four-year, $25 million contract with $13 million in guaranteed money made it seem much worse. Also, heading into a potentially uncapped year where players can be cut with no cap ramifications, it even opens up the question about whether the 6-4, 264-pounder will be back in the same role in 2010.

Chances are he will be, especially if he’s fully healthy. And Coughlin said he doesn’t expect this knee problem to affect Jacobs long-term.

“I hope not,” Coughlin said. “I’m hoping that this is corrected by the scope.”

As for Sunday in Minnesota, it figures that Ahmad Bradshaw will get the start, but with his injured ankles he’s not healthy enough for a full workload either.

“I wouldn’t think so,” Coughlin said. “We’ll utilize the other kids.”

The “kids” are Gartrell Johnson and D.J. Ware, but given Coughlin’s criticism of Ware this morning I’d guess it’ll be much more of Johnson. Asked about why Ware has seemingly fallen behind Johnson on the depth chart, Coughlin first citied his injuries. But then he said “To be honest with you, on special teams when he was back, he didn’t do much.”

The Vikings, by the way, have the fourth-best run defense in football, yielding only 90.6 yards per game.

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