General Manager Dave Gettleman confirmed Tuesday that starting center Jon Halapio suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the team's season finale – a 34-17 loss to the Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 29 - and will be sidelined for a while.
"Unfortunately, Pio got hurt again, he tore his Achilles, as you guys know, so now he is not going to be ready until camp most likely," Gettleman said. Halapio underwent successful surgery to repair his Achilles on Tuesday.
This marked the second consecutive season that Halapio suffered a major injury. The 28-year-old lineman fractured his lower leg during Week 2 of the 2018 season and missed the remainder of the year.
The former sixth-round pick has won the starting job in each of the last two preseasons. Halapio beat out Spencer Pully for the starting role this past summer, and Pulley was the team's backup center in 2019.
Halapio started 15 games at center this season. The Giants' offensive line helped produce a 1,000-yard rusher for the second consecutive season, as Saquon Barkley finished the year with 1,003 yards on the ground despite missing three and a half games. Halapio surrendered just two sacks on 661 passing plays this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
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